Gadi ran the marathon in Rio tethered to his trainer, Yosef Gazacho, who ran alongside him or behind him throughout the marathon. Escort runners are not allowed to run in front of a blind runner in order that they not pull them forward in any way.
Yarkoni, 41, lost his vision in 1993 while fighting against the Hizballah in Lebanon.
He is a graduate of the center who received his first guide dog in 1996. He was partnered with his fourth guide dog Butch, a yellow Labrador, in November of 2015.
We are proud of Gadi and the other Israeli athletes and their fine accomplishments! Kol Hakavod!
|Gadi and Noach running the New York City Marathon in November, 2012|
|Gadi Yarkoni and Elon Brachfeld running in the Ro'im Rahok event, 2012|
|Gadi and his guide dog Butch, 2015|