After winning three medals in the first six days of competition at the 2012
Paralympics, Israel doubled its medal tally on Wednesday, claiming two silvers
and one bronze in London.
The 45-year-old Doron Shaziri, who carried the
Israel flag in the opening ceremony, won Israel’s first silver medal of the
Games after recording a score of 1252.4 points in the men’s 50-meter rifle three
positions final, finishing in second place behind Jonas Jakobsson of
Shaziri, who had a leg amputated below the knee after stepping on
a land mine during his army service in Lebanon in 1987, is one of Israel’s most
decorated Paralympians and has now won medals in five consecutive
He took two silver medals in Atlanta 1996, a bronze in Sydney
2000, two bronzes in Athens 2004 and a silver in Beijing 2008.
(36) took Israel’s second silver of the day when he ended the 16 kilometer
handcycling time trial in second place in a time of 35:53.30
Gershony (29) and Weinberg (46) won the delegation’s first medal
on Wednesday, claiming the bronze in the Quad wheelchair tennis doubles
tournament, defeating Japan’s Shota Kawano and Mitsuteru Moroishi 6-3, 6-1 in an
hour and 11 minutes.
Israel is guaranteed at least one more medal from
the tennis events, which will see it better its tally of six medals from
Beijing, as Weinberg and Gershony, who was injured when his helicopter crashed
during the 2006 Lebanon War, will face off in the singles semifinals on
The second semi will be played between Americans David Wagner
and Nicholas Taylor, with the losers in both semifinals to battle for the bronze
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called the medalists to
congratulate them on their sensational achievements.
“You are doing a
great job,” Netanyahu told them. “You have the soul of champions.”