Maccabiah – 1st Medal

July 14, 2009 by J-Wire
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Hendrik Zimmet and LarryCohen are our first medal winners.
Hendrik, 37, hails from Melbourne and met his partner for the Cycling Team Trial event, Sydney-based Larry Cohen,for the first time at the airport on the way to Israel for the Games.
Zimmet and Cohen have openly declared their new friendship to be for life as they proudly showed off the Bronze Medals they won in the gruelling Team Trial.
Held yesterday at Kibbutz Urim, only 10 km from the border with Gaza, Zimmet and Cohen pitted their strength in the gruelling event against the clock.
The Trial sees individual riders launched a minute apart from a ramp  to cycle a 27.5 km course in the Negev. Zimmet said: “Even though it was early morning morning, the mercury had topped 36 degrees and the course was very hot, dusty and windy.”
The combined individual times are placed Zimmet and Cohen in third spot behind Gold Medal winners Israel and  2nd placegetter USA. Zimmet added: “We used aerodynamic bikes and helmets and our average speed was between 37 and 41 kph. It’s known as the race of truth  as it’s you against the clock and you cannot use another rider’s slipstream. Winning this medal has been an amazing experience.”
Cohen agreed: “It’s my first Maccabiah. What a thrill.”
The boys compete in the Triathlon in Tiberias on Friday.”

Hendrik Zimmet and LarryCohen are our first medal winners.

Hendrick Zimmet and Larry Cohen

Hendrick Zimmet and Larry Cohen

Hendrik, 37, hails from Melbourne and met his partner for the Cycling Team Trial event, Sydney-based Larry Cohen,for the first time at the airport on the way to Israel for the Games.

Zimmet and Cohen have openly declared their new friendship to be for life as they proudly showed off the Bronze Medals they won in the gruelling Team Trial.

Held yesterday at Kibbutz Urim, only 10 km from the border with Gaza, Zimmet and Cohen pitted their strength in the gruelling event against the clock.

The Trial sees individual riders launched a minute apart from a ramp  to cycle a 27.5 km course in the Negev. Zimmet said: “Even though it was early morning morning, the mercury had topped 36 degrees and the course was very hot, dusty and windy.”

The combined individual times are placed Zimmet and Cohen in third spot behind Gold Medal winners Israel and  2nd placegetter USA. Zimmet added: “We used aerodynamic bikes and helmets and our average speed was between 37 and 41 kph. It’s known as the race of truth  as it’s you against the clock and you cannot use another rider’s slipstream. Winning this medal has been an amazing experience.”

Cohen agreed: “It’s my first Maccabiah. What a thrill.”

The boys compete in the Triathlon in Tiberias on Friday.”

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