In a very successful day, the Israeli delegation to the 2012 London Paralympic Games claimed three medals Wednesday: Sharpshooter Doron Shaziri and hand-cyclist Koby Lion each won a silver medal, while tennis players Noam Gershony and Shraga Weinberg won the bronze medal.
Hand-cyclist Lion finished his first 8-kilometer race in the men’s individual H1 time trial in a time of 18:45.21 minutes, and his second 8-kilometer race in 17:41.65 minutes, ranking second overall after his Irish competitor Mark Rohan in 35:53.30 minutes.
Sharpshooter Shaziri reached the finals in the first place position and accumulated 95.4 points in the deciding stages, losing to his Swedish rival Jonas Jakobsson.
Tennis players Weinberg and Gershony beat Japanese pair Shota Kawano and Mitsuteru Moroishi in the quad doubles 6:3, 6:1, winning the bronze medal. The two have also reached the semi-final in the quad singles, where they will compete against each other.
Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat congratulated the Paralympic delegation in London for its impressive achievements. “This is dreamlike day for our athletes in London and an excellent day for Israeli sports,” she said.
“They are not only talented athletes, but people with a huge heart, mental strength and a great desire to succeed and prove that nothing can stop them. I am proud of them and salute them.”
Israeli swimmer Inbal Pezaro won her second bronze medal at the London Paralympics on Saturday after coming in third in the 200-meter freestyle heat, stopping the clocks at 2:56.11 minutes. Swimmer Izhak Mamistvalov claimed his own bronze medal in the 200-meter freestyle heat, in a time of 4:58.53 minutes.
On Thursday, Pezaro took home Israel’s first medal at the London Paralympic Games in the 50-meter freestyle heat, timing 37:89 seconds.
Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 787 (Dreamliner) will be the first of the Dreamliner models to land in Israel.
The festive event will take place in about a week, when a scheduled commercial flight from Addis Ababa will land in Tel Aviv. Then, next winter, the company is planning on operating the 787s on its Tel Aviv route on one of its weekly flights.
Ethiopian Airlines’ Israel Manager Asrat Begashaw said on Wednesday that the company received its first Dreamliner two weeks ago and that in September it was set to receive yet another.
The company has also ordered 10 planes of this kind, while five are set to arrive by the end of 2012 and the rest will arrive during 2013.
“We’re bringing this plane to Israel as a gesture to our passengers from Israel who have faith in us and fly with us to Ethiopia and other destinations in Africa. The first flight to Israel will be an introductory flight for the Israeli audience. Once we receive the other planes, we will operate a weekly route to Tel Aviv,” Begashaw said.
The Dreamliner planes currently fly from Addis Ababa to Johannesburg and China. The Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 787 flight will land in Israel on September 11 at 4:30 am.
Ethiopian Airlines is Africa’s fastest growing airline. It currently serves as Ethiopia’s flag carrier, and is wholly owned by the government. The airline was established in 1946 and has a fleet of 47 planes.
Aner Gelem has never been to America, but she feels as if he has because of all the similarities and the close relationship between the US and Israel. She created a photography project for her graduate work that expresses this relationship and called it “Currency”.
“My project portrays the synergies and enhances the relationship between the two countries,” says Gelem. “The series of images creates a certain kind of reality; a new – and not-so-new – multicultural and intriguing one.