Israel wins gold, bronze medals at European Judo youth championship

Illustrative image of a Judo fight. An Israeli won a gold medal at  the under-21 European Judo Championship held in Bucharest, Romania. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Israeli Baruch Shmailov, 20, won a gold medal at the under-21 European Judo Championship in Bucharest, Romania.

Shmailov competed in the under-66 kg category, beating Armenian Arsen Ghazaryan in the final. In the under-74 kg category, Israeli Tohar Butbul won the bronze medal.

"This [Israeli team] is one of the best [Judo] teams in Europe. We will continue this way and the sky is the limit," said Moshe Ponte, the chairman of the Israeli Judo Federation, as translated from the Hebrew edition of Yedioth Ahronoth.

"Today Baruch proves that he belongs at the very top of European Judo," said the Israeli Judo team's coach, Oren Smadja.

Posted on September 19, 2014 .