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President Herzog to Samberg: "You played it huge, a big hug from all of us" - Walla! Tokyo 2020 Olympics

2021-07-24T18:17:11.695Z

Israel's first medalist congratulated the Taekwondo representative who made history. Lustig: "Fulfill a goal - a medal in a new industry." Minister Trooper: "Won against all odds"



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First medal in Tokyo

President Herzog to Samberg: "You played it huge, a big hug from all of us"

The bronze winner is greeted on all sides.

Coach "Sure she will do to Taekwondo what Yael Arad did to Judo."

Lustig: "We have achieved a goal - a medal in a new industry."

Minister Trooper: "Won against all odds"

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Saturday, 24 July 2021, 15:19 Updated: 20:46

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President Yitzhak Herzog calls to congratulate bronze medalist Avishag Samberg, the Israeli taekwondo fighter (spokeswoman for the President's House)

The Israeli delegation did not believe that it would win such a moment of happiness already at the opening of the Tokyo Olympics.

Avishag Samberg shuffled the cards with a historic bronze medal in taekwondo and caused great celebrations not only in Israel but also in Japan.



Samberg's coach, Yehiam Sharabi, said before the medal ceremony: "I am happy for her, for all her investment. The battle for the medal was very fickle and tense until the last second, obviously there were more emotions than a regular battle. We were confident in her way and medal even before the Olympics. "Once she proved herself in the screenings, we knew it would happen here as well. I'm sure Avishag will do to taekwondo what Yael Arad did to judo. She will change the industry."

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President Yitzhak Herzog called to congratulate the new winner of the bronze medal. In the phone call, the president told Samberg: "You have made history. You have inspired many girls and boys in Israel." During their conversation, the President excitedly greeted Avishag and said: "Congratulations on winning the historic medal in Taekwondo. You worked hard all the way and brought immense pride to the State of Israel. A big hug from all of us." "You are a source of inspiration for many girls and boys in Israel who will look at you and see that with hard work it is possible to make a dream a reality," the president added.



Yigal Carmi, chairman of the Olympic Committee, also spoke before the ceremony: "We did not think in the morning to end the first day with a medal. It's the truth. But Avishag is an extraordinary girl. You need to know her in depth to understand what qualities this girl has. We are happy to open Tokyo 2020 in this way and look forward to a magical Olympics. "



Minister of Culture and Sports Hili Trooper was present in the decisive battle: "I am excited. First medal on the first day is fun. Saturday came out and I came. They went around all the competitions and in the medal fights they jumped me. .

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Family celebrations after the bronze medal of Avishag Samberg (Photo: Shlomi Gabay. Video editing: Lear Spiegler) twitter

Yael Arad, Israel's first medalist and currently chair of the Olympic Committee's professional committee: "This is a young girl, but a woman's third medal. Here joined our club, of women, another lovely one. I have no doubt the effect will be the same as that of my medal on judo. Taekwondo is an amazing industry. There are quite a few clubs in the country, there is infrastructure, it is a classic industry. I'm from judo and keep faith, but both Avishag and those who came before her and train with her, the coaches, do an amazing job. She is young, she will have two more Olympics. This is part of our method ... We are increasing the staff of the youth on the way to Paris, but they quickly recognized the potential. "



Gili Lustig, CEO of the Olympic Committee: "This is a 19-year-old girl, she went through the whole process with us.

She was in the youth delegation, was a European champion, did tests and gave outstanding competition.

We fulfilled one of the goals we had, a medal in a new industry.

She made it as big, led 2:14, was on her way to a crushing victory, but in the end won with extraordinary strengths, both mental, both sporting, both professional.

"We are happy that after a few years and three Olympics in which Taekwondo failed to achieve victory, that is what happened."

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Samberg became Israel's youngest medalist - the first to do so before the age of 20. This is, as mentioned, the tenth Olympic medal of the country and the eighth bronze, along with the gold of Gal Friedman and the silver of Yael Arad.

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