|Host city||Tel Aviv, Israel|
|Debuting countries|| Colombia |
|Main venue||Ramat Gan Stadium|
The 6th Maccabiah Games were held in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1961.
The Maccabiah Games were first held in 1932. In 1961, they were declared a "Regional Sports Event" by, and under the auspices and supervision of, the International Olympic Committee.
In swimming, Marilyn Ramenofsky of the US, who three years later was to win a silver medal at the Olympics in the 400-Meter Freestyle, won a gold medal in the 400-Meter Freestyle Relay and a bronze in the 400-Meter Freestyle. She led the US swimming team, which won all but two events.
In fencing, Olympic bronze medal winner Yves Dreyfus of France won the gold medal in épée. Fencer Al Axelrod won a gold medal in foil.
Larry Brown led the United States basketball team to a gold medal. The Israeli team won the silver medal in basketball, with Abraham Gutt on the team. Allen Rosenberg and Donald Spero of the US won gold medals in rowing.
Gary Gubner of the US won the shot put with a 60-foot, 1-1/4 inch (18.32 meter) throw.
American Dick Savitt won both the singles and doubles (with Mike Franks) men's tennis gold medals. American gymnast Ron Barak won eight gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal.
Angelica Rozeanu of Israel, who in her career won 17 world titles, was the women's table tennis singles champion.
First-time participants in 1961 included Colombia, Guatemala, Uruguay, and Congo-Kinshasa.
135 athletes from the United States participated in the 6th Maccabiah, as well as 9 coaches, 6 managers, 3 doctors, and 2 trainers. The team was sponsored by the United States Committee Sports for Israel, Inc.
|Totals (13 sports)||67||36||32||135|