Gold Medal: Israeli Judoka Sagi Muki Wins 2019 World Championship

Israeli faced off against Belgian Matthias Casse, after overcoming Egyptian rival Mohamed Abdelaal, who refused to shake his hand at the end of the bout

Israel's Sagi Muki poses with his gold medal on the podium.
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Israeli judoka Sagi Muki won the 2019 World Championship on Wednesday, defeating Belgium's Matthias Casse.

Earlier, Muki overcame his Egyptian rival and ascended for the first time in his career to the final of the Judo World Championships in the 81 kg division.

Israel's Sagi Muki celebrates winning gold against Belgium's Matthias Casse
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Israel's Sagi Muki and Belgium's Matthias Casse compete.
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Sagi Muki wins the gold medal.

Muki's rival, Mohamed Abdelaal, refused to shake his opponent's hand at the end of the bout, opting to leave the mat after the Israeli extended his hand.

Earlier on Wednesday, reports circulated that Iran's Saeid Mollaei, who is ranked number one in the world and is the current champion, would step down before his semi-final match against the Belgian Matthias Casse as Iran unofficially boycotts competing against Israeli athletes.

Israel's Sagi Muki celebrates winning gold against Belgium's Matthias Casse.
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Israel's Sagi Muki celebrates winning gold against Belgium's Matthias Casse.
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However, Molaei fought and eventually lost to Casse.