Written by Pargol Nazarian Khadavi Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00
Great Neck resident Dustin Emrani participated in the 18th Maccabiah games in Israel from July 12 to July 23. Emrani, age 24, won medals in all three events he contested in: Gold in the 800 meter individual race, Gold as captain of the 4x400 meter relay team, and Silver in the 400 meter individual race.
The Maccabiah games are held every four years in Israel. The event attracts the most outstanding Jewish athletes from around the world. More than 7,000 athletes from over 60 countries participate, making it the third largest elite sports competition in the world.
Emrani’s passion for track started at an early age. He began running competitively in high school, winning and setting new records in various competitions. He is a graduate of American University (2007) with a Degree in Business Administration, and holds several school records in 800 meter events. In his final year of college, Emrani was the NCAA Eastern Regional Champion, and earned NCAA All-American honors. He was then recruited by Nike to train for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. Emrani has also competed several times in the U.S. National Championships.
Emrani reached a personal best on the first day of competition in Israel and captured the Silver medal in the 400 meter individual race, running a time of 48.40. The 800 meter individual race came on day two of competition where his time of 1:50.05 seconds captured the Gold medal. As anchor leg of the 4 x 400 meter relay team, he came from behind and out-leaned Israel’s team by two hundredths of a second with a split of 46.9 seconds to win another Gold medal.
Emrani’s success in Israel earned him an offer from Israel to represent the country internationally. While he is still in the process of negotiating terms with Israel, this opportunity would propel him to the next World Championships in 2011 and the Olympics in 2012.