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Windsurfer wins Israel's first gold

Updated: August 25, 2004, 5:05 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- The Israeli national anthem sounded over an Olympic podium Wednesday for the first time in the Jewish state's 56-year history after a young man whose father named him for the sea took the gold medal in windsurfing.

As the last notes sounded, exuberant Israelis mobbed the podium, embracing Gal Fridman and snapping photographs of the gold medal draped around his neck. Frantic security officials were unable to hold them back.

"Every Olympics we dream of hearing the anthem ...

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