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Australia’s Matt Levy set a world record in the swimming competitions of the 20th Maccabiah in early July, with the seven-time Paralympic medalist improving his own record in the 200-meter freestyle in the S7 class.
The 30-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, is competing in the Maccabiah for the first time.
He won a gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympics as part of Australia’s 4x100m freestyle relay team and a gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games in the 4x100m medley relay event.
Levy also claimed one silver and three bronze medals in London and is competing in Israel a year after taking a bronze in the 200m individual medley in the Rio Games, while also finishing fourth in the 50m and 100m freestyle events.
Levy, who was born at 25 weeks and has survived 46 operations, set a time of 2:16.28 minutes at the Wingate Institute, an improvement of 46 hundredths of a second to his previous best recorded in April of this year.
“It is an honor to be asked to go to these games to represent Australia,” Levy said when it was announced he would be competing in the Maccabiah.
“When I go overseas I love to learn about the different cultures, and people and learning about the culture side of Judaism in a place like Israel will be pretty amazing.”