Israelis win three gold medals at International judo match

Israeli heavyweight Or Sasson (second L) won a gold medal at International Judo Federation's 2017 Grand Prix in Uzbekistan, Photo: Mayorova Marina/IFJ)

Three Judokas representing Israel each won gold medals while competing at the International Judo Federation’s 2017 Grand Prix in Uzbekistan last month boosting Israel to the highest medal ranking at the tournament that took place in Tashkent between Oct. 6-8.

The gold medalists, who each came first in their respective weight categories, were heavyweight Or Sasson, lightweight Sagi Muki and half-lightweight Betina Temelkova.

Sasson, aged 27, is known in international judo as having won the bronze medal at the Olympics in BRazil. In Tashkent this month Sasson beat Iurii Krakovetskii from Kyrgyzstan, who had placed third in the 2017 Asian Championship earlier this year.

Muki, aged 25, took on Dagvasuren Nyamsuren from Mongolia, and beat him in a sudden-death tie breaker. Temelkova, 20, claimed victory over Polish opponent Agata Perenc.

Notably, Temelkova is Bulgarian and is not an Israeli citizen. Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev has asked the Ministry of Interior to grant Temelkova citizenship “so that she can continue to represent us with honor in the European Championship next year in Israel.”

In second place after Israel at the Tashkent tournament was Uzbekistan with one gold, two silver and nine bronze medals. Israel took three gold medals, one silver and one bronze.