Avishag Semberg
Avishag Semberg Reuters

President Isaac Herzog on Saturday night called Avishag Semberg to congratulate her on winning a bronze medal in taekwondo at the Tokyo Olympics.

At the start of their conversation, the President greeted Avishag and told her, "You made history. Congratulations on winning the historic medal in Taekwondo. You worked hard all the way and brought great 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.

"What an excellent and exciting opening for the Israeli team at the Olympics, which put the taekwondo industry in Israel on the map," the President told Avishag and sent many congratulations to the rest of the Israeli delegation, hoping for more medals.

Semberg, 19, is Israel's youngest-ever medalist, as well as the first-ever Israeli to win an Olympic taekwondo match - or to represent Israel in the sport.

"I'm really happy I recovered myself thanks to my coach," she said. "I have an Olympic medal at the age of 19. It's a dream come true. My coach always told me I have a lot of personality, that I fight even when I don't want to. I hope that this isn't Israel's last medal."

"I hope that everyone who dreams big reaches it. You need to dream big and really want it," she added, noting that, "there needs to be a supportive environment."

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