3 medal weekend at Paralympics

Israeli swimmers Inbal Pezaro and Itzhak Mamistvalov won three bronze medals in the first three days of competition in London.

On the podium with Norway's Sarah Rung (gold), Spain's Teresa Perales (silver) and Israel's bronze medallist Inbal Pezaro.  (www.london2012.com)

On the podium with Norway's Sarah Rung (gold), Spain's Teresa Perales (silver) and Israel's bronze medallist Inbal Pezaro. (www.london2012.com)

Swimmer Inbal Pezaro gave the Israeli delegation a great start at the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Center, winning two bronze medals in her first two events.

Inbal Pezaro (www.london2012.com)

Pezaro started her winning campaign on Thursday when she won Israel’s first medal in the 50-meter freestyle event. On Saturday, she was back on the podium this time as the bronze medal winner in the 200-meter freestyle contest.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu congratulated Pezaro on his Facebook page, writing: “A good start for the Israeli delegation, and good luck to the rest of the athletes later on.”

Another podium standing came from swimmer Izhak Mamistvalov, who won a bronze medal in the 200-meter freestyle heat. Mamistvalov – who took two golds and a silver at the Athens Games – touched the wall 0.01 seconds before fellow Israeli swimmer Iad Shalabi to take the medal.

Pezaro and Mamistvalov still have two more races ahead of them.

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