Israeli President Isaac Herzog congratulates athlete Avishag Semberg for winning the bronze in the taekwondo women’s -49kg category, netting Israel its first medal at the Tokyo Games on the first full day of the Olympics, and its first medal for taekwondo.
“It’s an honor. You’ve brought such pride to the State of Israel,” Herzog tells her during the phone call, a part of which aired on Channel 13.
“You’ve made history! You made it big. Well done for winning this historic medal in taekwondo,” he says, according to a transcript sent by his office. “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, you can turn a dream into reality,” the president adds.