Swimmer Inbal Pezaro wins Israel’s 3rd Paralympics bronze
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Swimmer Inbal Pezaro wins Israel’s 3rd Paralympics bronze

29-year-old from Kibbutz Yizrael, paralyzed in her lower torso in childhood, began swimming at age 5

Israeli Paralympic swimmer Inbal Pezaro (Razi Livnat/Wikipedia)
Israeli Paralympic swimmer Inbal Pezaro (Razi Livnat/Wikipedia)

Israeli swimmer Inbal Pezaro won the country’s third bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics on Wednesday, coming in third in the 200-meter freestyle swim.

The 29-year-old veteran swimmer completed the race in 3:38.20 minutes.

Pezaro, from Kibbutz Yizrael in Israel’s north, became paralyzed in her lower torso in childhood.

On Sunday, Israeli rower Moran Samuel won bronze in the 1000-meter single sculls.

The gold medal went to Great Britain’s Rachel Morris, who set a new Paralympic record time of 5:13.69. China’s Lili Wang took silver with 5:16.65. Samuel’s bronze was won in the time of 5:17.46.

Samuel, 34, only took up rowing in 2010. In 2012 she came fifth in the London Paralympic event. In 2015 she won gold at the World Cup event in Lake Varese, Italy.

Moran Samuel in her medal-winning race in Rio, September 11, 2016 (IGOR MEIJER, courtesy Daniel Rowing Center)
Moran Samuel in her medal-winning race in Rio, September 11, 2016 (Igor Meijer/Daniel Rowing Center)

A day later, sharpshooter Doron Shaziri scooped up another bronze for the Men’s R7-50m Rifle 3 Positions.

The gold went to Laslo Suranji of Serbia, and the silver was claimed by Abdulla Sultan Alaryani of the United Arab Emirates.

The 49-year-old Shaziri served as a sharpshooter in the IDF’s Golani Brigade, and completed a sniper’s course with distinction. In August 1987, he trod on a landmine during near the IDF’s post at the infamous Beaufort Castle in southern Lebanon and lost a leg from the knee down.

He went on to set up a business adapting wheelchairs for injured soldiers.

In 2012, he was chosen to carry Israel’s flag into the opening ceremony of the London Paralympics.

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