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Israel’s bronze medal-winning Olympic judokas fly home to a hero’s welcome

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Israel’s medal-winning judokas returned home from Tokyo on Monday, landing at Ben Gurion Airport and proudly displaying their bronze awards as they walked into the arrivals area where they were given a hero’s welcome.

The medals came in mixed team judo when Israel beat Russia on Saturday. The winning squad for the contest was Li Kochman, Inbar Lanir, Peter Paltchick, Raz Hershko, Sagi Muki, Timna Nelson Levy, Shira Rishony, Or Sasson, Baruch Shmailov, Tohar Butbul, and Gili Sharir.

Eleven medals were awarded to the team, including to judokas who did not compete but were registered as team members on the day of the contest. Team member Gili Cohen missed out on a medal because she was not registered to compete on the final day of the event.

“I haven’t taken the medal off since I won it,” Paltchick said. “I wrapped myself in the flag and it was my blanket the night after I........

© The Times of Israel

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