(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli shooter Doron Shaziri won a bronze medal in the 50-meter rifle three-positions competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympics on Monday. This is the second medal for the Israeli delegation, following rower Moran Samuel's bronze medal in the 1,000 meter race on Sunday.
Shaziri, 49, finished the preliminary round of competition in third place, and in the final round he also finished third with 437.5 points, earning the bronze medal, the eighth of his career.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Shaziri after his competition.
"Congratulations, Doron, you got a direct hit! It's the eighth medal, so you are consistently successful, and I am glad the old pros are proving they've still got it, and of course the young people are proving themselves too. You moved me, you moved the people of Israel and thank you so much for making us proud. Send my regards to our wonderful delegation. Keep up the success," Netanyahu said.
Shaziri lost part of his leg while serving as a sniper with the Golani Brigade after enlisting in the IDF in 1985. Two years into his service, he stepped on a land mine in Lebanon, and the blast tore off his leg from the knee down. Following an honorable discharge from the military and extensive rehabilitation, he decided to invest all his energy into shooting. He soon became one of the most prominent athletes with disabilities in the history of Israeli sports.
Shaziri has competed in the Paralympic Games since 1996. He has four silver medals, two from the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, one from the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, and another from the 2012 London Paralympics. He won a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney games, two at the 2004 Athens Paralympics and his fourth in Rio on Monday.