Simply three months after Israel hosted the celebrated Masters’ event in Jerusalem, the World Judo Tour has returned to Tel Aviv, and was welcomed in typical style with a stadium stuffed with judo-crazy followers eagerly anticipating every battle.
At -57kgs, Jessica Klimkait lastly secured victory over her teammate and rival Christa Deguchi in spectacular style, with a trademark dropping approach.
She was awarded the gold medal by IJF President, Marius Vizer
“I believe it’s identified that Christa and I, my teammate, had fairly the rivalry main as much as Tokyo 2020,” mentioned Klimkait afterwards. “And I had by no means overwhelmed her earlier than. So it wasn’t nearly this event, it was about the previous couple of years even.”
Second successive gold for France’s Pont
At -48kg, France’s Blandine Pont adopted up her Paris Grand Slam win simply two weeks in the past, by reaching the highest of the rostrum as soon as once more, claiming her second-ever Grand Slam gold towards Israel’s Tamar Malca.
Moshe Ponte, Israel Judo Affiliation President was readily available to award the medals
At -60kg Olympic Bronze medalist Luka Mkheidze of France overcame Francisco Garrigos of Spain with a swift kata-guruma, and was delighted to take his first-ever Grand Slam Gold.
He was awarded his medals by Israeli Sports activities Betting Board Chairman Shabtai Tsur.
“The general public is admittedly current right here,” mentioned Mkheidze. “And after I gained my battle, I turned in the direction of the general public and I checked out them and I noticed that they have been pleased and it was simply such a implausible feeling.”
At -52kg it was European Champion and 2022 World SIlver medallist Chelsie Giles of Nice Britain who took gold towards Ana Perez Field of Spain.
An excellent Tomoe Nage
A nail-biting remaining at -66kg noticed Olympic silver medallist Georgia’s Vazha Margvelashvili overcome Azerbaijan’s Orkhan Safarov with a superb Tomoe Nage.
The medals have been awarded by CEDCO Hungary Chairman Michael Michaely.
The group cheered implausible motion from the house athletes all through the day, which is strictly what they arrive for. Even with no gold medal, the entire Shlomo area lights up each time an area athlete fights. The cherry on prime of the cake coming from house favorite Timna Nelson Levy who seized a bronze medal for the ecstatic house followers!
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