The hand-cycling rider, Amit Hasdai from Beit HaLochem Tel Aviv, finished the race against the clock today (Thursday) in the world championship held in Canada, in fifth place, one of Israel's best achievements in this discipline.
Hasdai, who wants to reach the Paralympic Games in Paris in two years, finished the 19.6 km course (two laps of 9.8 km each) in a time of 41:44.04 minutes.
On Sunday, Hasdai will compete in the road race.
Hasdai was seriously injured in 2002 in Kalkilia.
A bullet hit the main artery in his neck, leaving him paralyzed on one side of his body.
The head of the delegation, the hand cyclist Kobi Leon, winner of the silver medal in London 2012, said at the end of the competition: "The course is very challenging, in part there is a 9 percent climb, there are about 15 turns in each lap, and there are two laps. The course combines all the elements of cycling, This is how a world championship should look like! Amit gave everything on the track, now we are analyzing the good and bad points, learning, and waiting to improve on Saturday in the road competition."
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