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September 1, 2013 11:48 am

Israeli Woman Takes Gold at Judo World Championship

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Opening night of the 19th Maccabiah Games on Thursday, July 18, 2013, where Jewish athletes competed. Photo: Arsen Ostrovsky / Tazpit News Agency.

JNS.org Israeli Yarden Gerbi took the women’s gold in the 63-kilogram division at the Judo world championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday.

Entering the match as the top-ranked competitor in the world, Gerbi defeated her challenger, France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou, the second-ranked player in the world, to earn her title in only 43 seconds.

Gerbi won all of her five fights in the competitive by “ippon,” or Judo’s version of a knockout, Ynet reported. She is the fifth Israeli to win a medal in the Judo world championships.

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