Israeli para-rowers reached the finals this week in two events at the World Championships in Amsterdam.
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Moran Samuel qualified for the final of the AS women’s single sculls class Monday by finishing second in her heat with a time of 5:51.18 minutes. Moran outpaced rivals from Italy, Brazil and South Africa, trailing only Birgit Skarstein of Norway. Skarstein won a silver medal at the 2013 World Rowing Championships.
Yuliya Chernoy and Reuven Magnagey, who finished fourth at the 2014 World Cup in Aiguebelette, France, advanced Tuesday to the final in the TA Mixed Double Sculls class. They took second in their heat in a close duel with Brazil, which finished just one second ahead.
The Israelis completed the 1000-meter course in 4:50.27 minutes. Magnagey – a veteran who was wounded in Operation Defensive Shield – and Chernoy narrowed the gap as they neared the finish line, setting their personal best time.
All of Israel’s competitors had to relocate to Europe for training this summer due to the conflict in Gaza.