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Making the nation extremely proud on Sunday as well, Israel’s paralympic athletes won two gold and two silver medals, bringing the total medal count to five.

Swimmer Mark Malyar, 21, won a second gold medal in Tokyo on Sunday morning, winning the 400-meter freestyle and setting a world record time of 4:31:04 minutes. Malyar earlier, who was born with Cerebral palsy, won gold in a 200-meter mixed swim on Friday, finishing in a record time of 2:29:01 minutes for his disability class.

Source: Times of Israel (Keren Isaacson/ Israel Paralympic Committee)

On the other hand, Moran Samuel, 39, won a silver medal in the finals of the women’s single 2,000-meter event on Sunday. This is her third Paralympics Games; she won a bronze medal in Rio in 2016. Samuel, who trains at the Daniel Rowing Center in Tel Aviv, was a member of Israel’s national women’s basketball team before suffering a sudden spinal stroke at age 24 that caused partial paralysis. She also is a pediatric physical therapist.

Lastly, Ami Dadaon, 20, bagged the silver medal in the 150-meter individual medley competition. Though this is Dadaon’s first Paralympics, he holds two world records and won a gold and a silver medal in the 2021 European Championships.

 

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