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Israel's top ranked judoka Arik Ze'evi captured the gold medal in the under-100-kg category at the prestigious Super A tournament in Paris last night to secure a place in the Athens Olympics.

"It turns out that I like big tournaments," said Ze'evi, the defending European champion."I haven't been in top physical shape, and although I am still not at my best, I'm not surprised by the win. I see myself as belonging to the top. I know what I'm worth, and the slip up at the World Championship doesn't reflect my true position."

Ze'evi won five bouts en route to the gold. He kicked off by downing Qatari Ayed Mohammed with an Ippon, and then defeated Germany's Michael Jurak with a Wazzari and a Koka. In his next bout, Ze'evi defeated 2003 world championship silver medalist Ghislain Lemaire of France with two Yukos and a Koka versus a Koka.

In the semifinal, Ze'evi downed Bosnia's Amel Mekich with an Ippon, and in the final he ousted Iveri Jikurauli of Georgia with an Ippon after three minutes and 36 seconds.