No Israeli had ever won gold at the European Championships...until this month. The Times of Israel tells us about this week's Israeli You Should Know, Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, who recently placed first in the 10,000-meter run in Berlin:
Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter won the women’s 10,000-meter run at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin Wednesday, completing the race in 31 minutes, 43.29 seconds.
Israeli-Kenyan Salpeter came 9 full seconds ahead of Susan Krumins of the Netherlands, winning the gold medal. Sweden’s Meraf Bahta came third.
The 29-year-old became the first Israeli to be crowned European champion.
“I still don’t believe it,” she said afterwards. “I’m really happy. I dreamed of this, but I didn’t believe it happened...”