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.

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