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Arie Gill

Full name: Arie Gill (Gluck-, -Gluck)
Original name: אריה גליק
Gender: Male
Born: April 13, 1930 in [unknown], Unknown, Czechoslovakia
Died: June 23, 2016 in Voorhees Township, New Jersey, United States
Country: ISR Israel
Sport: Athletics

Biography

At the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, Arie Gluck was a member of the first Israeli track & field team, running the 400 and 800 metres. Gluck had been born in Czechoslovakia but his father left for Israel when it became a country, and his mother and Gluck followed him by boat shortly thereafter. Gluck was an Israeli national champion in both the 400 and 800 metres. Before the Olympics, Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion asked the Israeli athletes to change their last names to something that was “pure Hebrew.” Gluck chose “Gill”, which means joy in Hebrew, and competed under that name at Helsinki. He later named his first son Gill in its honor.

Gluck moved to the United States in the early 1960s and became director of a summer camp in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. He ran Camp Harlam as director from 1966-2003. Gluck returned to Israel frequently to visit old friends, but he lived the rest of his life, and died, in Pennsylvania.

Personal Bests: 400 – 49.6 (1952); 800 – 1:59.7 (1952).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Men's 400 metres Israel ISR 5 h5 r1/4
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Men's 800 metres Israel ISR 6 h7 r1/3

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Israel Round One Heat Five 5 50.2 50.27

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H)
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Athletics Israel Round One Heat Seven 6 2:00.9
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