Esther Roth-Shahamorov

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Esther Roth-Shachamorov (July 2007)

Esther Roth-Shahamorov (Hebrew: אסתר רוט-שחמורוב‎; born April 16, 1952) is a former Israeli track and field athlete. She specialized in the 100-meter hurdles and the 100-meter sprint.

Esther Roth-Shahamorov
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Israel
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place Bangkok 1970 100 m hurdles
Gold medal – first place Bangkok 1970 Pentathlon
Gold medal – first place Tehran 1974 100 m
Gold medal – first place Tehran 1974 200 m
Gold medal – first place Tehran 1974 100 m hurdles
Silver medal – second place Bangkok 1970 Long jump
Maccabiah Games
Gold medal – first place 1969 Israel Long jump
Gold medal – first place 1973 Israel 100 m
Gold medal – first place 1977 Israel 100 m hurdles
Gold medal – first place 1977 Israel 200 m
Olympic Boycott Games
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Philadelphia 100 m hurdles


Esther Shahamorov was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, to an Ashkenazi Jewish family.[1] In 1973, she married Peter Roth, a gymnast, who became her coach. She has a son, Yaron (born 1974), who was a national champion in fencing, and a daughter, Einat. After she retired from competitive sport she became a sports schoolteacher.

Track careerEdit


She once held simultaneously five Israeli national records. One of them is still a record and two others held for over 20 years.

  • Her time of 11.45s in the 100m, set at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, was broken on Sat Apr 19, 2014, by Olga Lansky.[2] Lansky's result though was vacated later the same year due to skipping mandatory drug test after the competition.[3]
  • Her time of 12.93s in the 100m hurdles, set in Berlin shortly after the 1976 Summer Olympics, stood as a national record for 26 years, until it was broken by Irina Lenskiy in 2002.
  • Her time of 23.57s in the 200m, set in Stuttgart in 1975, held as a record for 29 years, until it was broken, also by Lenskiy, in 2002.
  • Her mark of 6.14m in the long jump was a national record from 1971 to 1984.
  • Her record of 4837 points in the Women's pentathlon was a national record from 1971 until the format was changed in 1977.

Asian GamesEdit

Roth won five gold medals and one silver medal in two Asian Games. She won golds in 100m hurdles and pentathlon and a silver in long jump in 1970, and three golds, in 100 m, 200 m, and 100 m hurdles, in 1974.


At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Roth just barely missed qualifying for the final in the 100-meter sprint. She qualified for the 100-meter hurdles semifinal, but withdrew from the Games, together with the remaining members of the Israel Olympic team, after the murder of her longtime coach, Amitzur Shapira, and ten other members of the Israeli team, by Palestinian terrorists.

In 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal where she was the Israeli flag-bearer, Roth became the first ever Israeli athlete to reach the finals in any Olympic event, and she is still the only Israeli Olympic finalist in track events, when she finished 6th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.04 seconds.[4]

Maccabiah GamesEdit

Roth won the 100-meter race in the 1973 Maccabiah Games in 11.75; the 200-meter race in the 1977 Maccabiah Games in 24.03; the 100-meter hurdles in the same games in 13.50; and the long jump in the 1969 Maccabiah Games with a 19-foot, 3/4 inch (5.81 meter) jump.

Awards and recognitionEdit

In 1999, Roth was awarded the Israel Prize for sports.[5][6]

She appears in the 1999 Oscar-winning documentary One Day in September in which she gave her impressions and feelings during the 1972 Munich Athletes hostages crisis.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Track & Field: Women's top-four performances", Jewish Sports Review, Vol. 9, No. 11, Issue 107, p. 17, January/February 2015.
  2. ^ "After 42 years, Israeli women's 100-meter record broken". April 19, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  3. ^ Jacob Northbrook. "Olga Lansky Charged with Avoiding Drug Test: Her Record Vacated". Jerusalem Online. Retrieved 2015-03-19.
  4. ^ "Jewish Women and Women's Issues in the Yishuv and Israel" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 15, 2011. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  5. ^ . The Jerusalem Post |archive-url= missing title (help). Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  6. ^ "Israel Prize Official Site – Recipients in 1999 (in Hebrew)". Archived from the original on 2011-09-21.