Gideon Kliger

Gideon "Gidi" Kliger (born March 30, 1980) is an Israeli Olympic sailor, who is a three-time bronze medallist at the sailing world championships.

Gideon Kliger
Personal information
Nickname(s)Gidi
Born (1980-03-30) March 30, 1980 (age 41)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight132 lb (60 kg)
Sailing career
Class(es)Men's 470-Class Two-Person Dinghy
CoachIlan Basik-Tashtash
Medal record
Men's sailing
Representing  Israel
470 World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Rizhao Men's 470
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Cascais Men's 470
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Mordialloc Men's 470

BiographyEdit

Kliger was born in Tel Aviv, Israel.[1][2][3] He started sailing and competing when he was 8 years old.[4] He competes with the club Hapoel Tel Aviv.[4] He competed with partner Udi Gal in two-man competitions through 2009.[5][6]

In 1996 he and Gal won the 420 Europeans and finished second place at the 420 Worlds. In 2000 he and Gal won the 470 Youth World Championship, and in 2001 they finished second place in the European Championship in Ireland.[3]

He and Gal won bronze medals in the Sailing 470 World Championship for three years straight in Men's 470-Class Two-Person Dinghy — from 2006 to 2008.[7] In May 2003, he was ranked number 1 in the world.[8] In June 2007, he came in third place in the Men's 470 ISAF Sailing World Championships, in Cascais, Portugal.[4] In January 2008, he and partner Gal came in third place in the Men 470 World Championships, in Melbourne, Australia.[4] In April 2008, the pair was ranked third in the world in the 470 class dinghy.[9]

Kliger and Gal competed on behalf of Israel at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Sailing at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and on behalf of Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Sailing at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, in Men's 470-Class Two-Person Dinghy, coming in 15th and 14th place, respectively.[2]

In 2009, Kliger began partnering with Israeli Eran Sela, a windsurfer from Sdot Yam, in the 470.[10][11] In 2010, Kliger was ranked the # 2 skipper in the 470 by ISAF.[12] In September 2010, they won a silver medal at the 470 class European Championship in Istanbul.[11] In November 2010, the two won the gold medal in the Men's 470 at the Perth International Regatta.[13] They won a bronze medal at the Open 470 European Championships.[10] In 2011, they came in 4th place at the 470 World Championship,[14] and in 7th at the 2012 World Championship.[15]

In 2012, Kliger and Sela also competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing in 15th place.[16]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jews in the Olympics: 63 Athletes, 7 Countries". Jewishinstlouis.org. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Gideon Kliger Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on December 14, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Gal, Udi". Jewsinsports.org. Retrieved November 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c d "ISAF: Sailor biog page". Sailing.org. Retrieved November 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Udi Gal". Jewish Virtual Library. June 6, 1979. Retrieved November 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Talshir, Uri. "Sailing / Gidi Kliger finds a new Olympic partner". Haaretz. Retrieved November 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "ISAF: Get To Know Udi Gal". Sailing.org. July 31, 2008. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "ISAF: Sailor biog page". Sailing.org. Retrieved November 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Navon, Emmanuel. "60 Sporting Heroes: No. 30 Udi Gal and Gidi Kliger". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ a b "Sailing & Sports News". Bymnews.com. July 16, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ a b Talshir, Uri (April 2, 2008). "Sailing / Kliger, Sela touch gold but settle for silver in Istanbul". Haaretz. Retrieved November 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Sailing & Sports News". Bymnews.com. September 3, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Sailing & Sports News". Bymnews.com. November 21, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "PERTH 2011 ISAF SAILING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS". sailing.org/. ISAF. Retrieved December 9, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "2012 470 World Championship". worlds.470.org/. Retrieved December 9, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "London 2012 – Sailing – Men's 470". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved December 9, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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