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Avishag Semberg Takes Bronze in Israel’s First-Ever Olympic Medal in Taekwondo

(JNS) Israeli athlete Avishag Semberg won a bronze medal in taekwondo at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Israel’s first at the Tokyo games, its first in taekwondo and its 10th Olympic medal.

Semberg, 19, defeated Turkey’s Rukiye Yildirim 27-22 in the flyweight (49 kilogram) category.

Semberg revealed after the competition that she had felt the contest against the Turkish athlete slipping away. “In the moments she was leading me, in the last minute a sentence passed through my head—‘You want this more,’” she said, according to Israel Hayom.

Semberg said she was honored to be able to serve as an example and source of inspiration for young women.

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