The beautiful city of Tel Aviv hosted the final day of a spectacular Grand Slam, where the sun set in another successful Judo competition in Israel.
It was time to dazzle with +78kg as Raz Hershko put on a show in the qualifying rounds before beating Turkish Kayra Sayit in the final.
As someone who has never bought gold in his own land before, today was his day! The crowd got exactly what they were looking for, a golden finish for a 3-day judo feast. There were great scenes as Hershko celebrated with the new generation of Israeli judokas.
IJF Ambassador Lior Raz was present to present him the gold medal.
“AA-Mazing! WOW!” he then said, “that’s great, I love it, I love racing in my house, crazy with all this great crowd. They’re yelling from start to finish, they get you and that’s great.”
Gviniashvili continues to dominate
At -90kg, friends and rivals Beka Gviniashvili from Georgia and Krisztian Toth from Hungary embraced before the match, continuing to dominate their Georgian opponents and emphatically winning the gold medal, once again showing their respect to each other at the end of the match. competition.
IJF guest Mr. Moris Janashvili was present to present the medals.
At -78kg, Italian Alice Bellandi beat France’s Madeleine Malonga to take the gold medal once again, taking her fourth World Judo Tour gold medal in just a few months! It really dominates the new weight category.
The medals were presented by IJF Chief Athletic Director Vladimir Barta.
At -100kg, Zelym Kotsoiev from Azerbaijan defeated the Paris Grand Slam champion Michael Korrel of the Netherlands last week with this amazing judo move.
He received his Medal by Dr Lisa Allan, Director of IJF Events.
He later said, “I like to fight here in Israel.” “It’s a great atmosphere with lots of kids cheering. The people here love Judo, it’s really energizing”.
Tsetsentsengel’s heavyweight victory
At +100kg, Mongolia’s Odkhuu Tsetsentsengel took the grand slam golds tally to three with a tough victory over Azerbaijan’s Ushangi Kokauri.
The medals were awarded by IJF Chief Referee Director Florin Daniel Lascau.
It was an unforgettable day for the home team and they went crazy for their heroes from start to finish. After one of the best competitions of the day, Peter Paltchik put them on their feet and despite finishing the day without a medal, he sums up the energy and excitement around the future of Israeli Judo and how brightly the stars of judo shine here. .