Israeli wins gold medal at European judo competition

An Israeli has won gold at the European Games for judo (illustrative photo). Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) An Israeli judo competitor, Sagi Muki, on Friday won the gold medal in the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, by defeating Georgian opponent Nugzari Tatalashvli in the 73-kilogram (161-pound) weight class. The win marks Israel’s first gold medal in that competition.

“I managed to grab the opponent after he made a mistake, and I scored an ippon (the highest score a competitor can achieve in a Japanese martial arts contest),” Muki told Sport TV. “I wasn’t in a rush, and I took advantage of the opportunity that I got. I’m ecstatic.”

For his victory, Muki will be awarded 40,000 shekels (about $10,500) from the Israeli Olympic Committee.

Posted on June 26, 2015 .