Pezaro wins third bronze for Israel at Rio Paralympics


Swimmer Inbal Pezaro has won Israel's third medal of the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

It had looked as though Pezaro might be coming home empty-handed after finishing fourth in the 100m breaststroke and fifth in the 50m freestyle earlier in the week.

But she pushed hard to touch home for bronze in the 200m individual medley She finished with a time of 3:38:20 behind Norway's Sarah Louise Rung 3:15:83 and Spain's Teresa Perales 3:36:14.

Despite the medal, Pezaro expressed disappointment at her overall performance in Rio. "I feel that I missed out," she said. "I didn't succeed in bringing out my full ability and that frustrates me.

"I'm happy to be leaving here with a medal but over the past year I've shown that I'm worth more, but I didn't manage to show it in Rio."

The 29-year old from Kibbutz Yizrael in northern Israel has been paralysed from the waist down since birth due to a rare spinal disorder.

She had previously won eight medals – four silver and four bronze – in the Athens, Beijing and London Paralympics, including three bronze medals in 2012.

Pezaro's achievement brings Israel's medal haul at the Rio Paralympics to three bronze after Moran Samuel finished third in the women's singles 1,000m sculls and Doron Shaziri finished third in the 50 metre rifle 3 positions event.

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