Officials running a fencing competition in Austria did not have a recording of the Israeli national anthem, Hatikva, so they could not play it when the 14 year-old Dana Stralinkov won the gold medal and the 13 year old Alona Komarov won the bronze.
The two teenagers stood on the podium and waited. When nothing happened they started singing Hatikva themselves. The rest of the team, their coach and supporters in the audience joined in.
Let me see: there were 120 competitors from 20 countries. How many recordings were missing? Some, a few or just one? A stupid move, anyway. Given that Israel seems to have had a team with potential winners in it, the chances of having to play Hatikva were high. What did the Austrian officials think they would do then?
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