ECH’s Wohl takes silver, Duke’s Beck gold at Maccabiah Games
Michael Wohl, a 16-year-old student at East Chapel Hill, won silver medals in both the 400- and 800-meter relays for the U.S. swim team at the 19th Maccabiah Games held in Israel.
Duke senior Laetitia Beck, a native of Caesarea, Israel, completed the golf competition by claiming two gold medals for her home country.
Beck turned in three straight rounds of 69 for Israel on her way to cruising to the individual title with a 54-hole total of 207. The next closest golfer was Portland Rosen from the U.S. with a 222.
In the team standings, Israel won the title with rounds of 228, 229 and 223 to claim the title by two strokes over the United States.
Wohl was the youngest competitor on the team, which included Beijing Olympic gold medal winner Garrett Weber-Gale. Wohl, a competitive swimmer for North Carolina Aquatic Club who is a lifeguard at the Levin Jewish Community Center in Durham, was competing in his first international event.
“I feel doubly honored to represent both my country and my Jewish heritage at these games,” Wohl said after he and his teammates won their second silver of the games.
The Macabiah is the World’s largest Jewish athletic competition. Called the “Jewish Olympics,” the games were established in 1932 and are held every four years.