On the second day of the 2023 Tel Aviv Grand Slam, the crowd was eagerly awaiting the arrival of former world champion Sagi Muki.
The hometown hero did everything he could to get back to his best at the venue where he has been so successful over the years. And after a surprising victory in the semifinals, his fans were once again dreaming big.
In the final, they couldn’t contain their excitement, nor their shouts of joy after Muki sealed a resounding victory, in just 12 seconds.
It was a very special moment, as it was Muki’s first gold medal since her historic 2019 World Championship triumph.
Israel Judo Association President Moshe Ponte awarded his gold medal to Sagi, who had this message for his supporters:
“I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. Seeing this, the love of the Israeli public is very important to me. Knowing that they appreciate my career. And all the effort, all the hard work, it’s all worth it for them, for your support, for your love”.
In the -63kg category, Olympic bronze medalist Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard reaffirmed the dominance of the Canadian team, who clinched another Grand Slam gold with an impressive grappling hold.
The general director of the International Judo Federation, Vlad Marinescu, was at the delivery of the medals.
“Yeah, the crowd here is amazing too, and there’s a lot of mind play. So I work on that and see the mistake I made in Paris, and correct it here, and it’s worked out well.”said Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard.
Swiss Nils Stump capitalized on a day of upsets in the -73kg category to reach the final, beating veteran German Igor Wandtke to win his second Grand Slam title.
He was presented with his medal by the guest of the International Judo Federation George Teseleanu.
In the -70kg category, the French Margaux Pinot took gold after a great day.
The guest of the International Judo Federation Cosmin Balcacean presented him with his medal.
The crowd enjoyed a good time on another memorable day for Israeli judo.
Source: Euronews Español