Moran Samuel clinches right to represent Israel in Rio; goes for Worlds medal

Moran Samuel secured her place at the Rio 2016 Paralympics on Wednesday, advancing to the final of the arms-shoulders single scull 1,000-meter competition at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France.

Samuel, who is guided by Italian coach, Paula Grizzetti, and trains in Italy and at the Daniel Rowing Center in Tel Aviv, registered a time of 5:20.52 minutes to win her semifinal heat.

“I took the lead from the start and that gave me confidence,” said Samuel, who is targeting a gold medal in Thursday’s final. “I could afford to save energy for the final and I’m very excited because my family was in the crowd and because I have a ticket to Rio.”


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