ASU 400M Runner Named to Israeli Team
Proud to Run for His Adopted Country
SUN DEVIL 2012 OLYMPIANS (as of July 2012)
Desiree Davila (marathon/USA)
Kelsey Campbell (wrestling/USA)
Zeke Jones (freestyle wrestling head coach/USA)
Alison Williamson (archery/Great Britain)
Amy LePeilbet (soccer/USA)
Riley McCormick (diving/Canada)
Gal Nevo (swimming/Israel)
Micky Benedetti (diving/Italy)
Rowie Webster (water polo/Australia)
Amy Hastings (track and field/USA)
Ryan Whiting (track and field/USA)
Kyle Alcorn (track and field/USA)
Eric Boateng (men’s basketball/Great Britain)
James Harden (men’s basketball/USA)
Ike Diogu (men’s basketball/Nigeria)
Donald Sanford (track and field/Israel)
TEMPE — Former Arizona State Univeristy track and field quarter-miler Donald Sanford was added to Israel’s Olympic delegation for the 2012 games after the exceptions committee ruled his recent achievements were at an extremely high level.
Point-zero-nine seconds separated Sanford and a medal at the European Championships in Helsinki last, where he placed fourth in the 400-meter dash in 45.91. His result caused the Israeli Olympic committee to add him to the delegation flying to London 2012.
While at Arizona State University, Sanford met his future wife, an Israeli who was studying overseas, and in 2008 the two married.
In 2010 Sanford began his citizenship process, and in 2012 he represented Israel at the European Championship.
At the contest, Sanford became the first Israeli since Olympic finalist Esther Roth-Shachamorov in the 1970 to reach the finals of a major international track and field competition, narrowly missing the bronze medal.
Born in Los Angeles, Sanford competed at Arizona State for two seasons, was the 2010 NCAA runner-up at 400 meters and earned All-America honors as part of the 4×400-meter indoor and outdoor relays that season as well.
Sanford ranks ninth in ASU’s impressive 400-meter dash history with his career-best time of 45.21 in that runner-up performance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Sanford will be competing in his first-ever Olympics and is just the second Sun Devil to ever compete for Israel at the Olympics outside of swimmer Gal Nevo, who will be competing in his second Olympiad in London.