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Israeli Judoist Wins Medal in Budapest, Hungary

Yarden Gerbi Wins Bronze in European Championships

By: David Shear
Published: April 26th, 2013 in News » World
For the second consecutive year, an Israeli judoist is returning home to the Jewish state with a medal from the Judo European Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Yarden Gerbi won the bronze medal in the under-63kg competition on April 26th, after finishing second at the competition last year.

Born in Netanya, Israel in 1989, Gerbi began her judo career when she was just six years old.

In postings on her Facebook page, Gerbi was quick to credit her coach for her success.

"It wasn't such a good day, but I'm so happy that I got overcame it all and I made it. I couldn't have done it without my coach Shani Hershko," Gerbi posted.

"Jordan, you are an outstanding example of willpower and mental strength," Igal Carmi, the Olympic Committee of Israel president enthused after Gerbi clinched the medal. "The fact that you did not manage to get a ticket to London spurred you on and motivated you to continue in Judo and to do everything you can to realize your personal dream, to participate in the Olympic Games. You are emerging as a super athlete, and your success at the European Championships today explains how ambitious you are and how much you believe in yourself.”

Gerbi will receive a special grant of NIS 25,000 from the Olympic Committee of Israel, the sports administration and the betting council. Coach Hershko will receive half the amount.

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