Israeli medalist’s Olympic name patch raises over $50,000 for charity

Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi, a bronze medalist at the Rio Olympics, brought in $52,100 for charity in an auction for her Olympic name patch.

Twenty-two individuals placed 87 bids for the signed and dedicated patch during the weeklong auction on eBay that closed Monday. The buyer was not identified.

The proceeds will be donated to the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center to be used to purchase medical equipment, Gerbi said in her description on the auction website.

Gerbi defeated Miku Tashiro of Japan for Israel’s first Olympic medal since the 2008 games in Beijing. Another Israeli judoka, Ori Sasson, won a bronze medal in the men’s judo competition.

“The medal is for all of Israel, for everyone who supported me and cheered me on,” Gerbi said after her victory. “I’m waiting for someone to wake me up. I gave my soul and it paid off. Whoever said you can’t succeed in Israel is wrong.”


Israeli judoka Zeevi eliminated from Olympics competition

Israeli judoka Arik Zeevi, who predicted he would win a medal at the London Olympics, lost his opening match and his shot at a medal.

Dmitri Peters of Germany put Zeevi in a headlock in their 100 kg. match on Thursday, forcing the 35-year-old Israeli to tap out after 43 seconds, the Times of Israel reported

“I made a mistake and paid the price,” Zeevi told Israel’s Army Radio, according to the Times of Israel. He reportedly had tears in his eyes as he left the mat.

Zeevi, a bronze medalist at the 2004 Athens Games, had made his prediction after faltering in Beijing in 2008. He had told JTA in advance of the Games that he expected this to be his final Olympics.

Female judoka Alice Schlessinger, another Israeli medal hope, was eliminated on Tuesday.