Israel Takes Gold at World Paralympic Swimming Championships

Yitzhak Mamistvalov wins Israel its second medal at the championships in Montreal.

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Israel won its first gold medal at the 2013 IPC World Paralympic Swimming Championships Friday, when Yitzhak Mamistvalov beat out his competitors in the 100-meter freestyle.

With his win, Mamistvalov, who completed the course in 2 minutes, 23.72 seconds, brought Israel's medal tally to two, adding to the silver medal won by Inbal Pezaro on Tuesday for the women's 200-meter freestyle.

The 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships are currently taking place (August 12 – 18, 2013) in Montreal Canada.

The majority of medal winners from the 2012 IPC championships, which took place in London, are competing in Montreal as they start their preparations for the next Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016.

Mamistvalov also competed in this summer's Maccabiah games in Israel. He was voted the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) Athlete of the Month for April, 2013 by the public.

Izhak Mamistvalov from Israel swims in the Men's 100m Freestyle finals S1 during 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, Sept. 21, 2004.Credit: AP
Medal winners of the Women's 200m Freestyle S5 at the IPC Swimming World Championships: Inbal Pezaro of Israel (silver), Sarah Louise Rung of Norway (gold) and Joana Maria Silva of Brazil (silver).Credit: AFP

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