Israel’s Mark Malyar won his second Gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics games. Mylar won the medal in the 400-meter freestyle swimming competition.
The Paralympics are the Olympic Games for disabled people. They are held every four years in the same host city as the regular Olympic Games, just after those games conclude.
In winning the Gold, Malyar broke the world record which he himself set just two years ago in London. The previous world record was a time of 4:33.64. Yesterday, Sunday, in Tokyo, Malyar set a new record of 4:31.06.
On Friday, 21 year old Mark Malyar won his first gold medal while breaking a world record. He did so in the men’s 200-meter individual medley final in the SM7 category, finishing with a time of 2:29.01.
Mark Malyar told Israeli television, “I’m happy that I succeeded in getting the result I want, I’m very tired,” he said. “I didn’t feel that I was even going that fast, but it worked and my body is just about done.”
On Malyar’s feat, Israel’s Culture and Sports Minister Chili Tropper said, “Two gold medals, two world records, and a bright future for someone who started sports as part of hydrotherapy in the pool. Mark proves that not just talent is important, but also perseverance and a desire to overcome any limitation.”
Malyar is competing in Tokyo together with is his twin brother Ariel. The brothers were born with cerebral palsy and started swimming at age 5 for physical therapy.
The brothers are from Kiryat Motzkin, a Haifa suburb. In 2017 Mark was named Athlete of the Year by the Israeli Paralympic Committee. He enjoys having his twin brother Ariel in the Israeli Para swimming team alongside him. “It’s great that the team has twin brothers in it. When we were younger there was a lot of competition between us, but now, not so much,” Malyar told the Israeli paper Davar in 2019.
Malyar still has three more competitions to go in these Tokyo games, three more opportunities for more medals. He is set to compete this week in the 100 meter backstroke, 50 meter freestyle and the 50 meter butterfly swimming races.