Israeli Swimmer Ami Dadaon Wins Gold, Sets New World Record in Tokyo

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Ami Dadon, at the 2020 Paralympics, this week.
Ami Dadon, at the 2020 Paralympics, this week. Credit: Lilach Weiss

Israeli swimmer Ami Dadaon won his second medal at the Tokyo Paralympic games on Monday in the 200m men's freestyle race, setting a new world record for the event.

Dadaon finished the race at 2:44.84 minutes, improving his personal record by six seconds.

On Saturday, Dadaon won a silver medal in the men's 150m medley event with a time of 2:29.48 minutes

In addition, swimmer Mark Malyar won on Monday his third medal in the current games.

Mayalr, who competed in the 100m backstroke, finished the race after 1:10.08 minutes. Maylar's bronze followed two gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, with the most recent one been won on Sunday.

Mayalr has also set a new world record in the men's 400-meter freestyle event. He finished the race first after 4:31.06 minutes, improving his last world record by almost 2 seconds. 

That same day, rower Moran Samuel won a silver medal in the women’s 2,000-meter single sculls.

39-year-old Samuel, who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Games, finished second with a time of 11:18.39 minutes, coming after world champion Birgit Skarstein of Norway. France’s Nathalie Benoit finished third. 

Earlier in the games Iyad Shalabi won gold in the 100-meter backstroke (S1 classification), finishing with a final time of 2:28.04. Shalabi's gold marked the first time an Arab athlete won a medal for Israel at the games.

Dadaon's latest medal brings Israels total to seven medals so far, four of which are gold. Six out of the seven medals were won in swimming events.

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