BEIJING, China, August 7. JUST days before the 2008 Olympic Games officially began, Israel's Alon Mandel sustained a personal bombshell. While working around his house in Netanya, Mandel's father Costa died after falling from a ladder.
Mandel has since made the decision to compete in Beijing before heading back home to continue the mourning process.
"I intend to muster all my strength and compete," Mandel told the Bangkok Post.
Swimming World sends its condolences to the Mandel family as they push through this difficult time.