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Israeli Paralympians take home gold, silver medals in swimming

CM 28/08/2021


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Israeli Paralympic swimmer Mark Malyar won gold and set a new world record in the 200-meter medley swim at the Tokyo 2020 games on Friday, completing his race in just 2 minutes and 29.1 seconds.
Malyar, a Haifa-born athlete with Cerebral Palsy, is an experienced swimmer having picked it up along with his twin brother as part of physical therapy as a child.
Since then, he has seen considerable success competing, being named Athlete of the Year by the Israeli Paralympic Committee in 2017. He previously won gold both in European and World Championships and set a world record in 400-meter freestyle swimming. However, this is the first time he has ever been in the Paralympics.

Culture and Sports Minister Chili Tropper congratulated Malyar on his victory and for “filling Israel with pride.”
Yehuda Mormenstein, head of the Aleh Association that treats Israelis with disabilities, praised Malyar for “breaking the glass ceiling and giving hope to so many people and families who saw you resolutely overcome all challenges and break the world record.”
 Men's 200m Individual Medley - SM7 Medal Ceremony – Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Tokyo, Japan - August 27, 2021. Gold medalist, Mark Malyar of Israel celebrates on the podium. (credit: REUTERS/MARKO DJURICA) Men’s 200m Individual Medley – SM7 Medal Ceremony – Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – August 27, 2021. Gold medalist, Mark Malyar of Israel celebrates on the podium. (credit: REUTERS/MARKO DJURICA)
President Isaac Herzog also called Malyar to congratulate him on his victory.
“Mark, this is so exciting. You are unstoppable. Both a gold medal and a Made-in-Israel world record! I wish you, your brother, and your special coach Yaakov Beininson more medals over the course of the games. Well done!” 
Herzog said, adding he expects to see him and the rest of the Paralympians soon at the President’s Residence.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett congratulated Malyar and Shalabi. “In the name of the entirety of Israel, I congratulate you on your major accomplishment and two gold medals, as well as Malyar’s record. The Paralympic team – you’re the most exciting and inspirational team in the world. Your incredible accomplishments are just a bonus.”
 Iyad Shalabi after winning a gold medal at the Paralympics, August 25, 2021 (credit: KEREN ISAACSON) Iyad Shalabi after winning a gold medal at the Paralympics, August 25, 2021 (credit: KEREN ISAACSON)
Following Malyar’s example, Israeli Paralympic swimmer Ami Omer Dadaon won a silver medal in the 150m individual medley competition on Saturday, bringing Israel’s total medal count in Paralympic swimming to three, after Iyad Shalabi also picked up gold in the 100-meter backstroke earlier in the week.
Roman Zhdanov of the Russian Paralympic Committee took home gold, setting a new world record of 2 minutes and 21 seconds in the process. Dadaon followed with a 2-minute, 29-second result as Japan’s Takayuki Suzuki finished third.
At just 20-years-old, Dadaon has previously won three gold medals in the 2021 European championships in Portugal, in the 50m, 100m, and 200m freestyle races. This is his first time competing at the Paralympics and he will be competing in an additional three events before the end of the games.
 Gold medalist Roman Zhdanov of the Russian Paralympic Committee celebrates on the podium next to silver medalist Ami Omer Dadaon of Israel and bronze medalist Takayuki Suzuki of Japan (credit: REUTERS/MARKO DJURICA) Gold medalist Roman Zhdanov of the Russian Paralympic Committee celebrates on the podium next to silver medalist Ami Omer Dadaon of Israel and bronze medalist Takayuki Suzuki of Japan (credit: REUTERS/MARKO DJURICA)
Dadaon began swimming as a child at the Israel Association for Children with Disabilities as part of his rehabilitation therapy. He later joined the national youth team. In December 2017 he received the Israeli Sports Award for Young Para Athlete of the Year.
Speaking to a KAN News correspondent, Dadaon reacted to his success, saying that: “I feel like my dreams have come true. I remember that from a young age I dreamed of reaching the Olympics, and here I am, and I even managed to get a medal. I never even dreamed, when I was a child, that I would succeed in reaching this moment, and now I have been privileged enough to do so.”

Source: Jerusalem Post

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