Tokyo Paralympics: Ami Dadaon Wins Silver in Swimming, Securing Third Medal for Israel

Dadaon's medal is Israel's third in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo — all of which have been won in swimming

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Ami Dadaon in Tokyo.
Ami Dadaon in Tokyo.Credit: Lilach Weiss

Israeli swimmer Ami Dadaon won a silver medal on Saturday in the men's 150-meter individual medley, securing Israel's third medal in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Dadaon, competing in the S4 classification, finished the race at 2:29.48 — eight seconds slower than the Russian swimmer Roman Zhdanov, who took home the gold. 

Dadaon was expected to win the men's 100-meter freestyle – a category in which he is the reigning world champion – but was disqualified for jumping too early, despite reaching the wall first.

On Friday, Israeli swimmer Mark Malyar won a gold medal and set a new world record in the men's 200-meter individual medley, finishing the race at 2:29.01. 

Mark Malyar at the men's 200m individual medley final at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, on Friday.Credit: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Malyar's win marked the second gold medal for Israel in this year's Paralympic Games. On Wednesday, Iyad Shalabi won gold in the 100-meter backstroke (S1 classification), finishing with a final time of 2:28.04.

The Tokyo Paralympics mark Shalabi's fourth appearance at the competition, but this is the first time the swimmer, who trains in Haifa, has won a medal. 

The Paralympics, founded by the late German-Jewish doctor Ludwig Guttman, are for athletes with physical disabilities. Some 4,500 athletes compete in 539 events in the 16th Paralympics.

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