Israel's Samuel strikes gold at rowing world championships

September 4, 2015 03:22


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Moran Samuel registered the biggest achievement of her career and solidified her place as one of Israel’s best medal hopes at next summer’s Rio Paralympics on Thursday, claiming the gold medal in the arms-shoulders single scull 1,000- meter competition at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France.

Samuel, who is guided by Italian coach, Paula Grizzetti, and trains in Italy and at the Daniel Rowing Center in Tel Aviv, registered a time of 5:25.92 minutes to finish in first place, just over a second ahead of Great Britain’s Rachel Morris, with previous world champion Birgit Skarstein of Norway crossing the line in third.

“There were very tough weather conditions in this competition and the final was tight until the very end,” said the 33-year-old Samuel, who was paralyzed from the waist down in 2006.

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