The German Makkabi Games 2021 took place in Dusseldorf from September 2 to 5 and athletes from the Lithuanian Makabi Athletics Club took part. Over 600 athletes were there to compete from Germany, Lithuania, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland and other countries.
All six of our Lithuanian makabites earned medals. Danielius Dubrovinas took first prize in rapid chess matches. Our youngest athlete, 12-year-old Danielius Šeras, took first place in matches in the under-14 category and came in at fifth place in the entire fast chess category. Danielius Šeras earned third place in the overall category in the “lightning round.”
Swimmer Virginija Valadkaitė takes home three gold medals in three distance competitions.
Table tennis player Gerda Šišonovaitė took gold in the youth and adult group and a bronze in doubles competition.
Alanas Rinkevič made a good showing in fencing taking gold.
Valentina Finkelšteinienė, one of our veteran athletes, placed best in outdoors tennis.
Lithuanian Makabi president Semionas Finkelšteinas, executive director Danielius Dubrovinas and swimming trainer and Makabi trainers council chairwoman Oksana Sinkevič coordinated activities by members of the Lithuanian Makabi team in Dusseldorf.
The Lithuanian Makabi Athletics Club is beginning preparations now for the 2022 World Maccabee Games in Israel.
Semionas Finkelšteinas, president
Lithuanian Makabi Athletics Club