In the video: Ami Daddown wins the silver medal in Tokyo
Another huge achievement for Israel in the pool in Tokyo! After the gold medals of Iyad Shelby and Mark Millier, today (Saturday) Ami Daddown joined the glorious list. One of the most talented swimmers the Holy Land has to offer at the Paralympic Games, he won an Olympic medal for the first time in his career when he wore the silver medal in the 150-meter individual medley on the podium in Tokyo. Daddown stopped the clock at 2: 29.48 and finished second only to Roman Zhdanov from the Russian Olympic Committee.
The last year has been the best in the career of the young swimmer from Kiryat Ata. Daddown won no less than three gold medals at the European Championships in Portugal, with a world record and first place in the 100m freestyle, the Olympic medalist also took the top spot in the 50m and 200m freestyle. Precisely in the current end, 150m individual medley, did not win gold and “settled” for silver.
It did not go easily for the world record holder in the 100m freestyle. The Israeli, who experienced disappointment in his strong end after being disqualified in the qualifiers, finally managed to qualify for the final in the 150m individual medley after finishing the advanced end in first place, when he touched the wall in a time of 2: 33.92 minutes. But now, not only has Daddown won an exciting Olympic medal, he also broke the Israeli record with a time of 2:29:48 minutes – an improvement of almost two seconds from the previous record.
The 21-year-old Dadon was born with cerebral palsy and is training at the ILAN Sports Club in Haifa. In 2011 he began his swimming career with the reserve team and in 2016 he was promoted to the senior team. In 2018 he was crowned European Champion And in the 150m medley, and also held the silver medal in the 50m breaststroke and 200m freestyle.
In 2019 he won the World Paralympic Swimming Championships in London and achieved the criterion for Tokyo 2020 when he won the silver medal and broke the Israeli record. In the 200m rowing he came in third and won the bronze medal.
Huge achievement (Photo: Amit Almagor)
Ami Dadon. Third Israeli medalist in Tokyo (Photo: Amit Almagor)
Another who has recorded a wonderful achievement is the gold medalist in the 100-meter backstroke, Iyad Shelby. The swimmer set a new world record in his disability classification in the 150-meter individual medley preliminaries, when he stopped the clock at 4: 52.88 minutes. Despite this, Shelby did not qualify for the finals as he swam with swimmers in the disability category easier than him and finished in sixth and last place.
The swimmer, Veronica Girenko, finished her qualifying end in the 150m individual medley in a time of 4:32:00 minutes, which was enough for her to reach the 16th place out of 18 swimmers. Due to that, Girenko did not qualify for the final.
Watch the world record of Shelby >>