Israel’s Paralympic team celebrated its second medal of the Rio Games when Doron Shaziri took the bronze for his third-place finish in the men’s 50-meter rifle three-position final on Monday, September 12.

Doron Shaziri in the men’s 50-meter rifle three-position final on Monday, September 12. Photo by Keren Isaacson
Doron Shaziri in the men’s 50-meter rifle three-position final on Monday, September 12. Photo by Keren Isaacson

The previous day, Israeli rower Moran Samuel won a bronze medal in the women’s single sculls competition.

Shaziri, who captured the gold for shooting at the 2015 Open Championships in Germany, has earned a spot on the medalists’ podium at six consecutive Paralympic Games. Among them are four silver medals, the most recent one from the London Games in 2012, where he bore the Israeli flag at the opening ceremony.

Doron Shaziri with his bronze medal, Israel’s second in the Rio Paralympics. Photo by Keren Isaacson/Israel Olympic Committee
Doron Shaziri with his bronze medal, Israel’s second in the Rio Paralympics. Photo by Keren Isaacson/Israel Olympic Committee

In Rio, Laslo Suranji of Serbia won the gold and Abdullah Sultan al-Aryani of United Arab Emirates won silver.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Shaziri, 48, to congratulate him on his achievement.

“This is your eighth medal and you succeed on a consistent basis,” he told the athlete in Hebrew. “I’m happy that you proved that the veterans are still going strong – and of course that also goes for the youngsters.”