19-year-old Israeli Paralympic Swimmer Sets World Record

Mark Malyar, who has cerebral palsy, sets world record for 1,500 meters swimming in the Wingate open competition, improving previous record by almost 23 seconds

Mark Malyar in the World Para Swimming European Championships.
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Israeli Paralympic swimmer Mark Malyar, 19, set a new world record for 1,500 meters Paralympic swimming – 19:27.26.

Malyar, from the Ilan Sport Center of Haifa, competed in the Wingate open competition and improved the record set in 2011 by almost 23 seconds.

Malyar, who has cerebral palsy and competes in category S7, won one silver and two bronze medals in the last European Para Swimming Championships. 

1,500 meters swimming is not an event in the Paralympic Games.