Swimmer Inbal Pezaro Earns Israel's Third Medal at Rio Paralympics

Pezaro, 29, who reached the finals in all five of her individual events in Rio, scaled the podium after clocking 3:38.20 minutes in the event.

Raz Livnat

Swimmer Inbal Pezaro earned Israel’s third medal in the Rio Paralympic Games on Wednesday, coming in third in the 200-meter freestyle.

Pezaro, 29, who reached the finals in all five of her individual events in Rio, scaled the podium after clocking 3:38.20 minutes in the event.

Hailing from Kibbutz Yizre'el, the swimmer became paralyzed in her lower torso in childhood. She began swimming at age 5.

Pezaro won three medals in each of the previous two Paralympics, taking three bronzes in 2012 and three silvers four years earlier, while also claiming a silver and a bronze in Athens 2004.

Shooter Doron Shaziri, competing in his sixth Paralympics, gave Israel its second medal at the Rio Paralympics on September 13, a bronze in the men’s R7-50m Rifle 3 Positions.

One day earlier, Israeli rower Moran Samuel also took home a bronze.

Some 4,300 Paralympians are competing in Rio, Brazil’s second largest city. Three weeks ago, Israeli judokas Yarden Gerbi and Or Sasson both won bronze medals at the Summer Olympics in Rio.