|Olympic medal record|
|1980 Arnhem||long jump|
|1984 New York||5,000m|
Gershoni was born in Rishon LeZion in 1943. He began his military service in the Israel Defense Forces in 1961, and became an officer in the Combat Engineering Corps. In November 1969, while a Captain in the Engineering Corps, he was severely injured while trying to dismantle a mine operated from a distance, which exploded, severely injuring him. His arms had to be amputated, and his vision and hearing were also severely impaired.
A year after his injury, Gershoni began studying Middle Eastern studies and African studies at Tel Aviv University. He completed with honors his two degrees and completed his PhD in 1982 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Gershoni developed an academic career despite facing challenges when writing his publications. During 2000 - 2004 he was head of the department for Middle Eastern and African studies at Tel Aviv University, in which he was promoted to the rank of professor in 1995. In 2001–02 he was President of the International Association for Liberian Studies. Gershoni was also used as assistant researcher and lecturer at Stanford University, Boston University and Indiana University. He was awarded a honorary doctorate by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in 2010.
Gershoni was married and father of three. He died at the age of 78 on 14 July 2021.
- "IDF vet and Paralympic medalist Yekutiel Gershoni dies at 78". ynetnews. 15 July 2021. Retrieved 15 July 2021.