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PARA TAEKWONDO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Yasur wins gold for Israel

ISRAELIAN, 19, Assaf Yasur – whose arms were amputated at his elbow in an accident six years ago – won gold at the 2021 Para-Taekwondo World Championships in Istanbul last Saturday.

Yasur worked his way to victory in the men’s under 58 kg final by 57-42 against Turkish competitor Qli Can Ozcan.

“I still haven’t absorbed it,” Yasur said after the medal ceremony, noting that he had achieved five straight wins that day, including a semi-final triumph over the current champion. Europe. I am the happiest person for the path I have chosen, for the medal and for this crazy day.

After his accident, Yasur was determined to embrace a sport that only required the use of his legs, so he chose taekwondo because of the emphasis on footwork.

Although Yasur did not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, his world title victory last Saturday means he is a good candidate for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Assaf Yasur with his gold medal.

FORMULA 1 AND 2

Drama in Abu Dhabi

“The THIRTEENTH is not how I wanted to end the F1 season and my 100th Grand Prix (in Abu Dhabi last Sunday),” said Canadian Jewish driver Lance Stroll.
“But we’ve learned a lot, and it’s been great being a part of Aston Martin’s first year in Formula 1, and I’m sure there is a bright future ahead of us.”
In one of the most spectacular finishes of an F1 season, two safety cars were needed after major mid-race crashes, which saw Red Bull’s Max Verstappen overtake Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on the final lap to win his first league title. Stroll finished 13th out of 21 in the drivers’ standings.
Meanwhile, in F2, Israeli DAMS team driver Roy Nissany placed 13th out of 20 in the main race in Abu Dhabi, to place 16th out of 29 in the driver standings.

Lance Stroll drives his Aston Martin racing car at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Photo: Aston Martin

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