Samuel worked hard in Tokyo until the exciting end. She finished the qualifying round in first place which was supposed to give her an automatic ticket to the final, but was disqualified after the judges’ examination due to the use of an improper chair. Samuel had to reach the final through the House of Consolation, met the task and continued the momentum in the final that took place in the morning.
For 39.year.old Samuel, this is the second medal at the Paralympic Games, having won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Games at the same end. Samuel has a special life story: she began her career as a basketball player and even reached the Israeli national team, but at the age of 24 she became paralyzed in her lower body following an outbreak of a congenital malformation of the blood vessels in her spine.
Fourth Israeli medal in the Paralympic Games: Rower Moran Samuel won a silver medal tonight (Saturday to Sunday) in Tokyo, after finishing second in the final of the 2,000 meters in a single boat. Samuel finished the race in a time of 11: 18.39 minutes, second only to her Norwegian rival Birgit Skarstein who set a time of 10: 56.88 that was enough for her to a gold medal. The one who scooped the bronze medal was Natalie Benoit of France (11: 28.44 minutes).
Samuel did not give up, and since she started practicing Paralympic rowing, she has become one of the best in the world at the end of the individual boat. Among other things, she won a silver medal at the 2014 World Championships, a gold medal at the 2015 World Championships in Italy, and added three more silver medals and two bronze medals at the World Championships.
She became the fourth medalist in the Israeli delegation to Tokyo, after swimmers Iyad Shelby (gold in the 100m backstroke), Mark Millier (gold in the 200m individual medley) and Ami Dadon (silver in the 150m medley).