On Friday, Israeli judoka Sagi Muki took the gold medal at the 2018 European Judo Championships in the men’s under-81 kilograms category. Yesterday, two Israelis won bronze medals at the competition.
Sagi Muki Photo Credit: Olympic Committee of Israel
Israeli judoka Sagi Muki won the gold medal in his weight class of under-81 kilograms (178.5 pounds) on Friday when he defeated his Belgian opponent, Sami Chouchi. The match between the two went into overtime. Muki was the 2015 European Champion and came in fifth place at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Yesterday, JOL reported that Israeli judokas Gefen Primo and Tal Flicker won bronze medals at the tournament, which is being held in Tel Aviv. Primo, 18, won against Irem Korkmaz from Turkey in the women’s under-52 kg (114.5 lbs) competition. Flicker, 25, won against Marko Gusich from Montenegro in the men’s under-62 kg (136.6 lbs) competition.
Both Primo and Flicker said the cheers from the local crowd gave them confidence and helped them win. “I have never had such a crowd,” Flicker said after winning the bronze. “It’s the best feeling in the world.”
The competition on Friday began with a moment of silence in memory of the ten Israeli teenagers killed in a flash flood near the Dead Sea. This decision was made jointly by Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev, International Judo Federation President Marius Vizer and Israel Judo Association Chairman Moshe Ponti.