Israeli judoka gives medal to COVID nurse mother
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Israeli judoka gives medal to COVID nurse mother

Israeli Olympic bronze medal-winning judoka Peter Paltchick presented his medal to his mother Larissa upon returning to Israel.

Judoka Peter Paltchick gives the bronze medal to mother Larissa. Photo: Instagram screenshot
Judoka Peter Paltchick gives the bronze medal to mother Larissa. Photo: Instagram screenshot

THE measure of what makes a good Jewish boy is arguably how good he is to his mother. 

On that metric, Israeli Olympic bronze medal- winning judoka Peter Paltchick passes with flying colours, after he presented his medal to his mother, a COVID-19 nurse, upon returning to Israel. 

After arriving back in the country with the rest of the team to a hero’s welcome, Paltchick headed to the Sheba Medical Centre where his mother, Larissa, works in the coronavirus clinic. 

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

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

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.

WITH TIMES OF ISRAEL 

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