Israeli Paralympic swimmer Inbal Pezaro won a bronze medal at the Rio Paralympic Games after reaching third place in the 200-meter individual medley race.
Pezaro, 29, who was born in Kibbutz Yizre’el, suffered a vascular complication in her spine and became paralyzed from the waist down. In spite of this, she began swimming at five, becoming a professional, competitive swimmer by 12. She made her Olympic debut in Athens in 2004. Her latest bronze medal is her ninth Paralympic medal overall. Israeli athletes have won an impressive 380 medals – 124 of which are gold medals – over the last 14 Paralympic games, Yedioth Achronoth reported.
The 2016 Summer Paralympics marks the fifteenth Summer Paralympic Games in history and is a major international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities governed by the International Paralympic Committee. The 2016 Games were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from September 7th to September 18th. This years Games saw the introduction of two new sports to the Paralympic program: canoeing and the paratriathlon.
Originally posted at JNS.org. PHOTO: Razi Levnat via Wikimedia Commons