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Israel’s first female Olympic wrestler seeks to make family and nation proud in Rio

By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman | Posted: Monday, August 8, 2016 12:47 pm

At 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighing around 150 pounds, 26-year-old optimistic and powerful blonde Ilana Kratysh will become the first-ever Israeli woman to compete in the wrestling events at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, which began Aug. 5. On Aug. 17 she will fight for the gold in the under 69-kilogram category.

“It is an honor to be a part of the games,” Kratysh told JNS.org. “This was always my dream. But the idea is not just to take part [in the Olympics]. I hope to make it; to get a medal; to be the best.…I will beat everybody,” she confidently said.

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