Two Israelis Competing in Helsinki
European Athletics Championships Run Until July 1st
The 2012 European Athletics Championships are underway in Helsinki, Finland and Israel is represented by two of her finest.
Israeli long jumper and triple jumper Yochai Halevi is taking part in the competition which, starting this year, will take place every two years rather than its previous four-year cycle.
Halevi qualified for the championships after completing a 16.67 meter long jump and ranking in sixth place.
Jillian Schwartz, an American-born pole vaulter who competes internationally for Israel, is also taking part in the championships after marking a 4.40 meter leap.
Due to 2012 being an Olympic year, there will be no race-walking or marathon competitions.
The decision to grant the games for Helsinki was made by the European Athletics Congress on November 9, 2009. Another city that showed interest in hosting the event was Nuremberg, Germany, however Helsinki was in pole position during the whole process. This is the third time that the city will host the event, 1971 and 1994 being the other occasions.