Samuel, 34, was marked as one of the Israeli delegation's strongest candidates to medal even before the Games began, having won a world championship in 2015. She crossed the finish line with a time of 5:17.46 minutes, only surpassed by China's Lili Wang, who won silver, and Great Britain's Rachel Morris, who took gold.
Samuel was born in Karmiel and played basketball in her youth. In 2006, a congenital blood vessel defect in her spine caused her to become paralyzed in her lower body. After a recovery period, she completed her academic studies, and became involved in athletics activities for the disabled.
Samuel began training in single-person rowing in 2010, managing to reach the London Paralympics in 2012, where she finished fifth. In 2014, Samuel came in second at the world championships, winning first place a year later.