Pascale Bercovitch, who calls herself the world’s oldest kayaker, has failed to win a medal at her three previous Paralympic Games, but said she remains hopeful because “she’s a better athlete at 54 than at 20.”

The French Israeli national rowed for Israel at the 2008 Beijing Games, competed in handcycling in London in 2012 and the paracanoeing at the 2016 Rio Games. She will compete in Tokyo in the 200-meter paracanoe sprint next week.

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