Israel at the
1972 Summer Olympics
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NOCOlympic Committee of Israel (in Hebrew and English)
in Munich
Competitors15 in 7 sports
Flag bearer Henry Herscovici[1]
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Israel competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, which began on August 26. On September 5 and 6, in the Munich massacre, 11 members of the Israeli delegation—5 athletes, 2 referees, and 4 coaches (names bolded on this page)—were taken hostage by Palestine Liberation Organization terrorists and murdered. The remainder of the team left Munich on September 7.

Shaul Ladany, a Holocaust survivor, competed in the 50-kilometer walk.[2][3] He had been imprisoned in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp as a child, and wore a Star of David on his warm-up jersey.[4][5] When he was congratulated by locals on his fluent German, he responded: "I learned it in Bergen-Belsen".[5][6] He survived the Munich massacre by jumping off a balcony.[2]


Name Sport Event Placing Performance
Shaul Ladani Athletics Men's 50 km walk 19 4:24:38.6[7]
(also entered for 20 km walk, but did not start)[7]
Esther Shahamorov Athletics Women's 100 m Semifinal (5th) 11.49[8]
Women's 100 m hurdles Semifinal[8] Did not start (left Munich before the semifinal)
Dan Alon Fencing Men's foil Second round W5–L5 (1R 3-2, 2R 2-3)[9]
Yehuda Weissenstein Fencing Men's foil Second round W2–L8 (1R 2-3, 2R 0-5)[9]
Yair Michaeli Sailing Flying Dutchman 23 28-22-22-19-25-19-DNS = 171 pts
(left Kiel before 7th race)[10]
Itzhak Nir
Henry Hershkowitz Shooting 50 metre rifle prone 23 593/600[11]
50 metre rifle three positions 46 1114/1200[12]
Zelig Shtroch Shooting 50 metre rifle prone 57 589/600[11]
Shlomit Nir Swimming Women's 100 m breaststroke Heats (8th) 1:20.90[13]
Women's 200 m breaststroke Heats (6th) 2:53.60[13]
David Berger Weightlifting Light-heavyweight <82.5 kg J:132.5 C:122.5 S:— T:—[14]
Ze'ev Friedman Weightlifting Bantamweight <56 kg 12 J:102.5 C:102.5 S:125 T:330 [15]
Yossef Romano Weightlifting Middleweight <75 kg Retired injured on third attempt to press 137.5 kg[14]
Gad Tsobari Wrestling Freestyle — Light Flyweight <48 kg Group stage 0W–2L[16]
Eliezer Halfin Wrestling Freestyle — Lightweight <68 kg Group stage 1W–2L[17]
Mark Slavin Wrestling Greco-Roman — Middleweight <82 kg Did not start (taken hostage before his scheduled event)


The following nominated referees and judges were in the delegation:[18]

Coaches and officials

The following coaches and officials were in the delegation:[19]


  1. ^ Israel Archived 2015-06-28 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Shaul Ladany Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at". Archived from the original on February 7, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "Ladany, Shaul". Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  4. ^ "Belsen Survivor Escapes Death Again". The Miami News. September 6, 1972. Archived from the original on March 9, 2020. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Owen, John (July 24, 2008). "Olympics Flashback: 1972: Terror and turmoil". Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  6. ^ Stan Isaacs (2008). Ten Moments That Shook the Sports World: One Sportswriter's Eyewitness Accounts of the Most Incredible Sporting Events of the Past Fifty Years. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. ISBN 9781602396289. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Official Report, p.56
  8. ^ a b Official Report, p.65
  9. ^ a b Official Report, pp.247–250
  10. ^ Official Report, p.506
  11. ^ a b Official Report, p.229
  12. ^ Official Report, p.231
  13. ^ a b Official Report, p.344
  14. ^ a b Official Report, pp.166–7
  15. ^ Official Report, pp.164–5
  16. ^ Official Report, p.131
  17. ^ Official Report, p.135
  18. ^ Official Report, p.537
  19. ^ Official Report, p.534
  20. ^ Binder, David (1972-09-06). "9 Israelis on Olympic Team Killed with 4 Arab Captors as Police Fight Band that Disrupted Munich Games". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-31.