Israel is making a very strong showing at the Paralympic Games, the Olympic Games for disabled athletes. On Thursday, Israeli swimmers Iyad Shalabi and Ami Dadaon both won gold medals. It was the second gold medal for both athletes in Tokyo. In total Israel has won six gold medals, two silvers and a bronze so far at the Tokyo Paralympics.
On Monday, Mark Malyar (photo) won the fourth gold medal for Israel in the 400 meter and a bronze medal in the 100 meter backstroke, after having taken the gold in the 200 meter three days earlier. His Friday performance was also a new world record. Malyar suffers from cerebral palsy but is a seasoned athlete who has competed in international competitions since childhood. In 2017, he was named athlete of the year by the Israeli Paralympic Committee. He has won gold medals in European and world championships and now also holds a world record.
As the only woman to medal, Moran Samuel secured the silver in single rowing for Israel, but there is still some time before the games end on September 5th. The Israeli team consists of 18 women and 15 men who compete in 11 sports.