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Games of the IX Maccabiah
Games of the IX Maccabiah
Opening city Ramat Gan
Nations participating 26
Athletes participating 1,500
Opening ceremony July 9
Officially opened by Tal Brody
Stadium National Stadium
Debuting countries  Costa Rica
 Spain

The 1973 Maccabiah Games were held in the shadow of the Munich massacre. 60,000 spectators packed Ramat Gan Stadium as Golda Meir and Abba Eban paid homage to the slain athletes.

Esther Roth of Israel won the 100-meter race in 11.75, as well as the 200-meter.

In basketball, Ernie Grunfeld, who three years later won an Olympic gold medal, was the only high school student on the American team's starting five, and led the team in scoring with a 20-point average as the US took the silver medal. Grunfeld later played in the NBA, and became General Manager of the New York Knicks.

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