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Who Said We Are Not Good At Sport?

GEORGE: Hey, were you just at the health club?

TIM: Oh, well, I didn’t do much. I just sat in the sauna. You know, it was more like a Jewish workout.

So says Dr Tim Whatley, the recent convert to Judaism, in the Seinfeld episode The Yada Yada.

Us Jews have an undeserved reputation of being lousy at sport. Perhaps people think that we don’t have time to exercise while we are trying to take over the world. In any event, I found this excellent site that shows current Jewish involvement in sports.

And in a further testament to our sporting prowess, a Jewish man has run the fastest 100 meters ever – for a 100-year old.

It took him two tries, but South African Philip Rabinowitz made it into the Guinness Book of World Records Saturday as the fastest 100-year-old to run 100 meters.

Rabinowitz made his run at the Green Point stadium in 30.86 seconds, beating the previous record of 36.1 seconds.

What makes his achievement even more praiseworthy is the fact that he did it despite the obvious attempts at sabotage by anti-Semitic elements.*

Rabinowitz made his run at the Green Point stadium in 30.86 seconds, beating the previous record of 36.1 seconds. Last week Rabinowitz also broke the record, clocking 28.7 seconds at the Mandela Park Athletics stadium in Khayelitsha, outside Cape Town. But a power outage stopped the official electronic clock, so the time was not recorded or recognized.

But the man known as “Rabinoblitz” and “Flying Phil” was not deterred, and this week he returned for a second try, the South African Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Power outage? Yeah..uhuh. *

* Tongue-in-cheek comments, not to be taken seriously

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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