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.
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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.