Israeli Athlete Wins Gold in European Kickboxing Championship

Amir Assad, 22, knocks out the Italian competitor to take the gold. Two other Israelis claim bronze medals

Itamar Katzir
Itamar Katzir
Amir Assad wins the European Kickboxing Championship in Slovakia, October 2018
Amir Assad wins the European Kickboxing Championship in Slovakia, October 2018Credit: Ayelet Association
Itamar Katzir
Itamar Katzir

Israeli kickboxer Amir Assad won the gold medal in the European Kickboxing Championship, which is being held in Slovakia from October 13-21.

Israelis Yulia Sachkov and Lidor Kraut won bronze medals.

Assad, 22, a student of physical education at Wingate College, defeated the Italian competitor in the "lightweight" division (60 kg) finals with a full knockout.

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Sachkov, 20, from Haifa, competed in the "flyweight" division (51kg) and finished third. Lidor Kraut, 21, also finished third in the "lightweight" division.

"The other delegations were strong and very determined. All of them worked hard preparing for the competition, but in a sport like this, there's only one champion," said the head of the delegation David Rimon, who was also a judge in the championship.

"Amir, Yulia and Lidor all fought strong matches. I'm proud of them and congratulate them on their victories," he said.

Arik Kaplan, president of Ayelet - The Federation of Non-Olympic Sport in Israel, which helps non-Olympic sports institutions, including kickboxing, said: "I congratulate the athletes on a wonderful performance. Their medals add to the impressive gold medal wins of Daniela Fashiv and Shir Cohen at the Kickboxing World Youth Championship a few weeks ago. I'm proud that in the non-Olympic sectors Israeli athletes are among the best in the world."

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