Sinai Says: Foreign-born Averbukh, Knyazyeva-Minenko bound as Israeli heroes

Alex Averbukh was surprised it took 14 years for a fellow Israeli to emulate his achievement of winning a medal at the athletics world championships.

He was certain it would take much longer.

It is not that the now-40-year-old pole vaulter, who won silver and bronze medals at the global showcase in 2001 and 1999, is in any way arrogant. He is simply a realist who is all too well aware of the state of local athletics.


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