After Olympic joy, Israeli medal winner raises money for cancer hospital


An Israeli bronze medallist has put her Olympic identity tag up for sale to raise money for charity.

Yarden Gerbi, who won third place in the women’s 63kg judo at Rio, listed the name patch on eBay after returning from Brazil.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the top bid stood at $13,100 (£9,890), which the athlete has pledged to donate to a Tel Aviv hospital.

Ms Gerbi, only the second Israeli woman to win an Olympic medal, said that using her tag to support the paediatric cancer treatment facility at Ichilov Hospital will make it “more special for society”.

After a recent visit to the ward, Ms Gerbi told her Facebook friends that she felt honoured to have met the “real heroes who are fighting every single day to maintain their joy of life”.

She has pledged to autograph the sign for whoever wins the online auction, which closes on Monday night.

“I don’t know how much money I’ll be able to raise, but any amount will help, even if it’s not much,” she said.

Gerbi defeated Japan’s Miku Tashiru on earlier this month to scoop the first Israeli Olympic medal since 2008.

Three days later, fellow judoka Or Sasson also claimed a bronze.

The pair returned home to a hero’s welcome at Ben Gurion Airport last week.

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