Israeli swimmer picks up second bronze medal in 2012 Paralympics
High drama for Israel in the swimming pool at the London 2012 Paralympics,
There was high drama for Israel in the swimming pool at the London 2012 Paralympics, as Itzhak Mamistvalov pipped countryman Iad Shalabi to a bronze medal by 0.01 seconds in the final of the Men's 200m freestyle (S2).
Having both qualified comfortably for the final, the two Israelis were neck and neck for most of the race - trailing behind gold medalist Yang Yang of China and silver medalist Dmitrii Kokarev of Russia. Going into the last 50 meters, 25-year-old Shalabi led Mamistvalov, who is seven years his senior, by over a second. But Mamistvalov - who took two golds and a silver at the Athens Games - saved his best for last and touched home just ahead of Shalabi.
Meanwhile, swimmer Inbal Pezaro picked up her second bronze medal, this time in the Women's 200m Freestyle (S5 ). The 25-year-old swimmer from Haifa finished in a time of 2:56.11 minutes, over seven seconds faster than the fourth-place finisher. She was beaten by Sarah Louise Rung of Norway and Teresa Perales of Spain. Pezaro can still add to her tally of medals, as she competes in two more events later this week.
Elsewhere at the Games, Moran Samuel has qualified for today's final of the Women's Single Sculls rowing event, despite finishing her heat in third place. Racing in the first leg of the repechage, Samuel finished under a second ahead of her closest rival and will race today against the five other finalists for a medal.
Racing in the mixed double sculls, meanwhile, Reuven Magragey and Olga Sokolov also progressed to the final, although Shimon Ben Yakov and Hagar Zehavi (two-person keelboat ) and Dror Cohen, Arnon Efrati and Benny Vexler (three-person keelboat ) all missed out on a place in the final.
In the men's table tennis, meanwhile, there was disappointment for Shay Siada and Liran Geva, both of whom were beaten in the first round.