TEL AVIV, Israel -- Ken Flax set a Maccabiah Games record in the hammer throw Sunday, easily outdistancing his competition.
Flax set the new record with his first throw of 247 feet, 4 inches on his first throw, then bested it in each of his next two throws.
His best toss traveled 257 feet, 7 inches.
'I've shown that I have talent for this event, and I don't give up easily,' said Flax, who competed in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. 'I'm still young for my event, and could conceivably be around for two more Olympic Games.'
In other events, Dave Blackburn hurled a two-hitter to lead the United States to a 2-0 softball victory over Canada. Blackburn no-hit the Canadians until the seventh, and has yet to yield a run in the competition. The Americans will win the gold medal with a victory Tuesday.
U.S. swimmers set three Maccabian records and earned five gold medals Sunday. Rick Aronberg shattered his own 1985 record in the 400-meter freestyle, and Keith Kaplan added the 50-meter freestyle title to the 100-meter gold medal he won Friday.
The U.S. basketball team remained undefeated with a 115-79 victory over Great Britain, while Israel defeated the Americans 14-9 in the finals of water polo. The U.S. soccer team lost 1-0 to Argentina in overtime, while the rugby team lost to the British 24-3.