Israeli Judoka Wins a Gold Medal at Tbilisi Grand Slam

Israeli judoka Inbal Shemesh wins her first top prize in a Grand Slam for the women's 63-kilogram weight class

Ido Rakovsky
Ido Rakovsky
Gold medal winner Inbal Shemesh, on Saturday.
Gold medal winner Inbal Shemesh, on Saturday.Credit: Judo Association
Ido Rakovsky
Ido Rakovsky

Israeli judoka Inbal Shemesh won a gold medal on Friday at the Grand Slam judo championship in Tbilisi, Georgia.

25-year-old Shemesh, who competes in the women's under 63-kilogram (around 138 pounds) weight class, beat the Brazilian judoka Ketleyn Quadros in the final with a waza-ari — the second-highest score a fighter can achieve.

This is the first Grand Slam medal of the 25-year-old Shemesh's career. She previously won three medals in Grand Prix competitions and bronze medals in the European Judo Championships' under 23, under 21 and under 18 contests.

Shemesh defeated another Brazilian, Tamiers Crude, in the semifinal, and the Dutch judoka Geke Van Den Berg in a tight quarterfinal with a waza-ari. The match went to a golden point round, where the next point determines the winner of the match.

In the last 16, she defeated the French Agathe Devitry by being awarded an ippon — a score that automatically grants the fighter the victory.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

Subscribe today and save 40%

Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Election ad featuring Yair Lapid in Rahat, the largest Arab city in Israel's Negev region.

This Bedouin City Could Decide Who Is Israel's Next Prime Minister

Dr. Claris Harbon in the neighborhood where she grew up in Ashdod.

A Women's Rights Lawyer Felt She Didn't Belong in Israel. So She Moved to Morocco

Mohammed 'Moha' Alshawamreh.

'It Was Real Shock to Move From a Little Muslim Village, to a Big Open World'

From the cover of 'Shmutz.'

'There Are Similarities Between the Hasidic Community and Pornography’

A scene from Netflix's "RRR."

‘RRR’: If Cocaine Were a Movie, It Would Look Like This

Prime Minister Yair Lapid.

Yair Lapid's Journey: From Late-night Host to Israel's Prime Minister