Jewish Argentine, 2 Israelis win Paralympic medals

Argentine Paralympic judoka Jose David Effron won a silver medal in London at the Paralympic Games, and two Israeli swimmers took three bronze medals.

Effron, 22, was defeated in the final of the 81 kg category in sudden death overtime after a draw during his match with Ukrainian Olexandr Kosinov.

Effron, who comes from a small town with a very small Jewish community, became a bar mitzvah last year during a trip to Israel with the Birthright Israel program.

Meanwhile, Israeli swimmer Inbal Pezaro won her second bronze medal at the London Paralympics Sept. 1 in the 200-meter freestyle. She won her first Aug. 30 in the 50-meter freestyle.

Also Sept. 1, Israeli swimmer Izhak Mamistvalov took the bronze medal in the men’s 200-meter freestyle, beating another Israeli, Iad Shalabi, by one-hundredth of a second.

Pezaro won a bronze and a silver medal in Athens in 2004, and three silver medals in Beijing in 2008. Mamistvalov, who has cerebral palsy, won three medals in Athens in 2004 and missed the Beijing Games after an accident. — jta