The 25 Paralympic athletes who will represent Israel in London will compete in nine sports: Road Cycling, Rowing, Sailing, Wheelchair Tennis, Table Tennis, Shooting, Swimming, Equestrian and Athletics.
Israel won one gold, two silver and five bronze medals at the London games.
Noam Gershony won gold in the tennis singles, beating top seed David Wagner of the USA 6-3 6-1. Previously, Gershony and Shraga Weinberg won a bronze medal in the tennis doubles. Weinberg defeated defending singles champion Peter Norfolk of Britain in the quarter finals, where he was defeated by his partner Gershony.
Shraga Weinberg and Noam Gershony embrace following their
singles semifinal match (Photo: Razi Livnat, London)
Noam Gershony, a former helicopter pilot, learned to play tennis in a wheelchair after a crash during the Second Lebanon War left him severely wounded.
PM Netanyahu: "You symbolize the victory of the human spirit over the difficulties created by the reality in which we live. This is gold for you and the country."
Noam Gershony after winning the gold medal (Photos: Razi Livnat, London)
- Doron Shaziri won Israel’s first silver medal at the 2012 games in rifle shooting, followed by another for Lion Koby in cycling.
Lion Koby on his way to a silver medal (Photo: Razi Livnat, London)
- Israeli swimmer Inbal Pezaro won three bronze medals and Itzhak Mamistvalov one bronze. Mamistvalov, diagnosed with cerebral palsy at eight-months-old, is disabled in all limbs except for his right arm with which he swims.
Israeli swimmer Inbal Pezaro, right, holds the bronze medal she won in the 50 meter
freestyle event (Photo: Razi Livnat, London)
Izhak Mamistvalov won bronze in the 200-meter freestyle (Photo: Razi Livnat, London)
President Peres and PM Netanyahu welcome home Israel’s Paralympic athletes