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Shalabi in the pool
Photo: Keren Izekson
Iyad Shalabi with his second gold medal

Israeli Paralympic swimmers Shalabi, Dadaon each bag second gold in Tokyo

The two athletes won 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle finals, bringing the Israeli Olympic delegation its eighth and ninth medals in the Games

Oren Aharoni |
Published: 09.02.21, 16:28
Israeli swimmers Iyad Shalabi and Ami Dadaon on Thursday each won their second gold medals at Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
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  • Shalabi won his second gold medal in the 50m backstroke final, while Dadaon won first place in the 50m freestyle final.
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    Iyad Shalabi with his second gold medal
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    The victories put the medal tally of the Israeli Olympic delegation in Tokyo to nine.
    Shalabi, 34, completed the race in 1:11.79 minutes. He last week became the first Israel Arab to week a Paralympic medal when he took home gold in the 100m backstroke final.
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    Shalabi in the pool
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    Shalabi grew up in Shfar'am, an Arab city in northern Israel, and comes from a Muslim family. He is deaf-mute from birth and is quadriplegic due to an accident at the age of 13.
    He competes in S1 disability swimming category considered the most difficult - and has often competed successfully against swimmers with less severe forms of disability.
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    Ami Dadaon with his second gold in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games
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    Dadaon, who competes in the S4 disability category, received his second gold after finishing his race in 37.21 seconds.
    Dadaon won his first gold on Monday in the Games' 200m freestyle final, which he completed in 2:44.84 minutes, beating the previous world record by six seconds.
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    Ami Dadaon mid competition in the pool
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    Dadaon also took home the silver medal in the 150m medley.
    In addition to Shalabi and Dadaon, Swimmer Mark Malyar won three medals (two gold and one bronze) and set two world records, while swimmer Moran Samuel took silver.

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