Reut High School Alumna Timna Nelson-Levy Wins Medal in Judo at Tokyo Olympics

Reut High School graduate Timna Nelson-Levy celebrates winning the decisive bout in the judo mixed team’s bronze medal B match against Russia during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on July 31, 2021. (Photo by Jack GUEZ / AFP)

Timna Nelson-Levy, a graduate of SAE’s Reut High School, was a key member of Israel’s mixed judo team that won a Bronze Medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Timna won the decisive match over Daria Mezhetskaia of the Russian Olympic Committee to clinch a 4-1 victory and the Bronze Medal for Israel. Earlier, the Israel team defeated Italy 4-3 in the round of 16 and then lost a very tight match against eventual gold medal winning France 3-4. Israel defeated Brazil 4-2 in the repechage before downing the ROC team.

Timna also competed in the women’s 57 kg weight category. In the round of 16 she beat the Serbian 2020 European under-21 champion Marica Perisic after a more than 10 minutes long match before losing to Japanese 2018 world champion Tsukasa Yoshida. Timna then faced eventual silver medalist Slovenian Kaia Kaizer, losing a close match in overtime and finishing 7th in the competition.

Israel’s mixed judo team after wining the Bronze Medal in Tokyo. Timna is at far left.

Born to American Zionist parents Shmuel and Laura who immigrated to Israel in 1985, and reside in Jerusalem, Timna, 28, has participated in jujutsu and mixed martial arts since childhood.

A 2011 graduate of pluralistic Reut, she garnered her first significant medal in a senior competition when she won a bronze medal at the European Open in Lisbon 2015. She has been a top competitor in Israeli and international judo tournaments in Europe and Asia for the past five years.

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