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Paralympian Inbal Pezaro swims to bronze – again

The 29-year-old Israeli captured her 9th career Paralympic medal in the 200-meter individual medley in Rio.


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Bronze medalist Inbal Pezaro of Israel celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women's 200m Individual Medley at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, BraziBronze medalist Inbal Pezaro of Israel celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women's 200m Individual Medley at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazi
September 16, 2016 | Latest Photo

If the past 12 years are any indication, we'll be seeing amazing things from Inbal Pezaro every time she enters the pool.

The 29-year-old Israeli swimmer has just won her ninth career Paralympic medal and her first at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. That makes three medals for her home country in these Games so far.

Pezaro's time of 3.37.62 put her in third place after gold medalist Sarah Louise Rung of Norway and silver medalist Teresa Perales of Spain.

Pezaro congratulates Norway's Sarah Louise Rung on her gold medal win after the 200M Individual Medley.Pezaro congratulates Norway's Sarah Louise Rung on her gold medal win after the 200M Individual Medley. (Photo: THOMAS LOVELOCK FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images)

Earlier in the Games, rower Moran Samuel claimed Israel's first bronze medal on Sunday. Doron Shaziri also won a bronze in the rifle event.

Pezaro, who's been paralyzed in her lower limbs since birth, began swimming at age 5. On opening day of the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, she came in second place in the 100-meter freestyle, setting a new Israeli record with her time of 1:12.57.

From left, silver medalist Teresa Perales of Spain, gold medalist Sarah Louise Rung of Norway and bronze medalist Inbal Pezaro of Israel celebrate on the podium after the Women's 200m Individual Medley during Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. From left, silver medalist Teresa Perales of Spain, gold medalist Sarah Louise Rung of Norway and bronze medalist Inbal Pezaro of Israel celebrate on the podium in Rio. (Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

With nine medals to her name, Pezaro is now one of Israel's most decorated Paralympic athletes – and the Rio games aren't even over yet. In the video below, Pezaro shares how being in the pool makes her feel powerful.


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