Israeli Judo Team Wins Third Medal at European Championship

Gili Sharir received a bronze medal on Saturday, just a day after two other female Israeli judokas were awarded a gold a bronze medal respectively

Ido Rakovsky
Ido Rakovsky
Israeli Gili Sharir celebrating her victory at the European Judo Championships on Saturday.
Israeli Gili Sharir celebrating her victory at the European Judo Championships on Saturday. Credit: NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV - AFP
Ido Rakovsky
Ido Rakovsky

Judoka Gili Sharir won a bronze medal on Saturday at the European Judo Championships in Bulgaria, the third medal to be awarded to the Israeli delegation since the 2022 championship began.

On Friday, Judoka Timna Nelson-Levy was awarded a gold medal, and Shira Rishony a bronze.

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Gili Sharir won the bronze in the under 63 kilogram (around 138 pounds) weight-class after being eliminated in the quarterfinals and being sent to repechage, a bracket which allows eliminated competitors a chance to continue the fight for a bronze medal. She then moved on to compete against Cristina Cabana Perez of Spain.

Sharir initially suffered a penalty in the opening of the fight, then was awarded an ippon – a score that automatically grants a fighter the win – eight seconds before the end of the fight, securing her a bronze medal.

Nelson-Levy was awarded the gold medal on Friday after beating Sarah-Léonie Cysique of France in the under 57-kilogram weight-class for women and scoring a waza-ari – the second highest-scoring move possible in under two minutes. She marked the second female Israeli to receive a gold medal at the European Judo Championships after Yael Arad win in 1993.

Rishony won the bronze medal in the under 48 kilograms on Friday after losing in the semifinals, recovering, and then beating Francesca Milani of Italy. This is Rishony's first medal in her career and marked the first medal to be awarded to a female Israeli judoka at the European Championships 2022.

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