Judo

Gerbi secures bronze for Israel at Rio 2016

By Danny Caro, August 9, 2016

Yarden Gerbi struggled to fight back the tears after winning the bronze medal in the Women's under-63kg competition at Rio 2016.

Ahead of the Games, the former world champion was tipped for a podium finish by Gili Lustig, secretary-general of the Olympic Committee of Israel. And she did not disappoint, winning Israel's first medal in the competition since 2008.

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Schlesinger eliminated from Judo competition in Rio

By Danny Caro, August 9, 2016

Alice Schlesinger suffered a disappointing defeat in the second round of the Women's under-63kg Judo competition at Rio 2016.

The Team GB judoka claimed a first-round victory over Ji-Yun Bak of Korea with an ippon — the highest score possible in judo, which ends a match.

But she was unable to follow it up as she succumbed to Anicka van Emden of Netherlands in a close bout.

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Muki misses out on medal on Day 3 of Rio 2016

By Danny Caro, August 9, 2016

Sagi Muki expressed disappointment after missing out on a medal at Rio 2016.

Muki was one of Israel's top medal hopes but he failed to reach the semi-finals and was forced to settle for fifth place in the Men's U73kg Judo competition.

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Alice in wonderland ahead of Rio 2016

By Darren Witcoop, August 5, 2016

ISRAEL’S loss will be Team GB’s gain if Alice Schlesinger has anything to do with it.

Schlesinger’s defection two years ago to represent Britain in judo still rankles with Israeli officials.

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Israel's judo anger in Abu Dhabi

November 9, 2015

Miri Regev described the Israel flag ban at the Abu Dhabi grand slam as “infuriating and outrageous”.

Israeli competitors were only allowed to compete on the agreement their competitors did not wear their national flag.

Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev said she “will fight” to ensure there is no repeat at future events.

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Gerbi and I still get on just fine, says Schlesinger

By Simon Griver, July 23, 2015

Alice Schlesinger insists there is no bad blood between her and former teammate Yarden Gerbi following her victory at the Russian Grand Slam competition.

Schlesinger, who now represents Great Britain, left Israel in 2014 after a dispute with the Olympic Association of Israel, who refused to allow her boyfriend, Pavel Musin, to coach her.

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Alice fights for Britain

By Simon Griver, January 5, 2015

Israel’s Alice Schlesinger has been given permission by the International Judo Federation to represent Great Britain in the 2016 Olympics.

Last month Schlesinger, 26, won the British Judo Championships U63 kilogram title in Sheffield and was then invited to join the GB team.

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Maccabi’s loss is most certainly Watford’s gain

By Danny Caro, September 5, 2014

As a Liverpool fan, I’m used to players writing a heartfelt open letter to fans upon their departure, namely those who leave on good terms. Luis Suarez did it and most recently, Daniel Agger did it. It is widely regarded as a touch of class. So it is no surprise to see Oscar Garcia share his thoughts with fans of Maccabi Tel Aviv following his unexpected departure.

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Silver for Gerbi

By Simon Griver, September 2, 2014

Israel's Yarden Gerbi took silver in the women's under 63 kilo World Judo Championships in Russia.

In a repeat of last year's final, Gerbi, 25, was beaten by Clarisse Agbegnenou of France who prevented Gerbi from claiming back-to-back titles.

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Meyer reflects on Commonwealth bronze

By Danny Caro, August 4, 2014

Amy Meyer believes the 2016 Rio Olympics are the next part of her journey after winning bronze in the judo competition at the Commonwealth Games.

Meyer, 22, recovered from a first-round loss to win her repechage fight against Zambia before claiming bronze against Barbados in the under-48 division.

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