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Winning move

Judoka presents COVID nurse mom with his bronze Olympic medal

After arriving home from Tokyo, Peter Paltchick surprises his mother by taking prize to hospital where she works and placing it around her neck

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Screen capture from video of judoka Peter Paltchick presenting his mother Larissa with the bronze medal he won at the Tokyo Olympic Games, August 2, 2021. (Instagram)
Screen capture from video of judoka Peter Paltchick presenting his mother Larissa with the bronze medal he won at the Tokyo Olympic Games, August 2, 2021. (Instagram)

One of Israel’s Olympic medal-winning judokas shared the glory with his mother Monday by presenting her with the bronze medal he won over the weekend at the Tokyo Games.

Peter Paltchick arrived back in the country with the rest of the team to a hero’s welcome.

He later headed over to Sheba Medical Center where his mother, Larissa, works as a nurse in a coronavirus clinic.

Visibly moved, she came out to greet her son and after a warm embrace, Paltchick placed the bronze medal around her neck.

Paltchik won a bronze in the mixed team contest on Saturday after finishing 7th in the -100 kilo contest last week.

After the team victory, Larissa admitted that she doesn’t usually watch her son’s bouts on live television because it’s “too much pressure.”

Screen capture from video of Larissa Paltchick celebrating the bronze medal won by her son Peter Paltchick at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, seen at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, August 2, 2021. (Instagram)

In this case, her husband told her to watch a replay of the winning match but closed the windows so that no one would hear her screams of joy, she told Hebrew media.

“I told him that I wanted [the windows] to remain open so that people will hear me scream out of joy and pride, because it is a medal for everyone, Peter won it for all of Israel,” she said Sunday.

So far, Israel has won three medals at the games, including a gold by gymnast Artem Dolgopyat on Monday for his floor routine. It was only the second time that Israel has won a Olympic gold medal.

Avishag Semberg won a bronze medal in the women’s taekwondo -49kg category.

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