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BETTER Ziv
Sport Para swimming
NPC Israel   
GenderMen
Age57
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Tamar, three children
Languages
Hebrew, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1988.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to swim by doctors as a form of rehabilitation.
Handedness
Right
Senior International Debut
Year
1989
Competing for
Israel
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Zurich
General Interest
Hobbies
Cycling, skiing. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four medals [two silver and two bronze] at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Keep on swimming, let others retire." (Athlete, 26 Aug 2010)
Impairment
He was blinded completely in his left eye and has 10% vision in his right eye after being injured by a mine during the 1982 Lebanon War. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2010)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a computer systems analyst. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 1992 100m Backstroke B2 1:14.07
4 1992 100m Freestyle B2 1:01.06
3 1992 200m Backstroke B2 2:48.46
6 1992 200m Breaststroke B2 2:55.95
5 1992 200m Medley B2 2:35.29
2 1992 400m Freestyle B2 4:43.64
3 1992 400m Medley B1-2 5:37.76
3 1996 100m Backstroke B2 1:12.31 
3 1996 100m Freestyle B2 1:00.01 
5 1996 400m Freestyle B2 4:49.45 
3 1996 50m Freestyle B2 26.93 
7 2000 50m Freestyle S12 26.91 
11 2004 50m Freestyle S12 26.89
13 2004 100m Freestyle S12 1:00.15
11 2008 50m Freestyle S12 27.35
13 2008 100m Freestyle S12 1:01.13
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2002 50m Freestyle S12  DSQ
8 2002 100m Freestyle S12 1:01.98
10 2006 50m Freestyle S12 27.65
11 2006 100m Freestyle S12 1:03.10
10 2010 50m Freestyle S12 27.92
7 2010 100m Freestyle S12 1:01.33