Israeli rower who won bronze at Summer Paralympics Games: “I gave it my all”

Israeli rower Moran Samuel, who won Israel’s first medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics Games in Rio yesterday, told Channel 2 News that she gave the final round of the 1,000 meters competition her all. “If I needed to go back and change something, there would be nothing for me to change,” she stated.
Samuel Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

“I admit that I really hoped to come in first place but once there’s a medal around your neck, it really doesn’t matter what color it is,” said Israeli rower Moran Samuel last night (Sunday). Yesterday, JOL reported that Samuel won the bronze medal for the 1,000 meters competition, the country’s first medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics Games in Rio. “I gave it my all,” continued Samuel. “If I needed to go back and change something, there would be nothing for me to change. I finished the heat knowing that there wasn’t anything I could have done differently even by a little.”

Samuel, who was a basketball player on the Israeli national team before she was paralyzed from the chest down, said: “My goal as an athlete is to empower myself through the sport but beyond the fact that the sport is good for me, it is also the platform to change the way we look at handicapped people. I hope to continue doing this.”

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