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Israel Brings Home Two Bronze Medals at Rio Paralympics

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Congratulations to Moran Samuel for winning a bronze medal in rowing and Doron Shaziri for winning a bronze medal in the 50-meter rifle three-positions competition!

While Samuel raced with an injured hand, she still took home a medal. Haartez reports:

She noted that she has been nursing an injury in her left hand for over six months. “My hand got so tired that I couldn’t use it during the last part of the final. Those are not excuses; I didn’t want it to happen and I’d hoped it would be perfect until the end. What hurt me was the last 250 [meters] when the wind blew strongly leftward. It affected me the most and I’m pleased with the end result. I finished on the podium and that was great. After all, I could have finished without a medal too, right?”

Samuel, who has a son named Arad, which means “bronze” in Hebrew, added, “I have an Arad at home, and now I also have a bronze medal.”

And Shaziri, a longtime Paralympic competitor, continues to bring home medals for Israel. Jewish News Service reports:

Shaziri lost part of his leg while serving as a sniper with the Golani Brigade after enlisting in the IDF in 1985. Two years into his service, he stepped on a land mine in Lebanon, and the blast tore off his leg from the knee down. Following an honorable discharge from the military and extensive rehabilitation, he decided to invest all his energy into shooting. He soon became one of the most prominent athletes with disabilities in the history of Israeli sports.

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