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Medalists Arrive Back in Israel to Olympic Hero’s Welcome

Yarden Gerbi (Photo: Facebook/IsraelmyIsrael)

Hundreds of people gathered at Ben Gurion Airport to welcome home Israel’s bronze-medal winners in judo, Yarden Gerbi and Or Sasson!

“I didn’t expect so much craziness,” Yarden Gerbi said upon landing, according to news site Ynet, which reported nearly 1,000 celebrants who came out to the airport outside Tel Aviv.

Gerbi and Or Sasson both took away bronze medals in judo in Rio, Israel's eighth and ninth medals ever, instantly transforming the two into national heroes.

Entering the cavernous airport arrivals hall, Gerbi and Sasson were showered with flowers, as well-wishers waved flags, sang patriotic songs, and held up pictures and posters with the two winners, stopping them every few moments for a selfie or a hug.

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