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Israeli Wins Bronze Medal in World Judo Championship

Israeli Wins Bronze Medal in World Judo Championship

Golan Pollack takes home the bronze at prestigious competition, becoming first Israeli to win since legendary Arik Ze'evi in 2001.

Golan Pollack of Israel made history on Tuesday by bringing home the bronze for the under 66-Kg category at the World Judo Championship held this year in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.

The 23-year-old, who was ranked 23 in the world, became the first Israeli to take home a medal at the elite competition since Arik Ze'evi won silver in 2001, as part of his long and illustrious career.

Pollack faced Tumurkhuleg Davaadorj of Mongolia in the end, ensuring his name on the medal by taking down his seasoned opponent with just five seconds remaining on the clock.

The Israeli judoka was trailing throughout the match, but in the closing moments he landed a yuko and won the medal.

This is Pollack's first medal in a major international tournament. Ironically, it comes just a day after Israeli triple-jumper Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenkowon the silver medal for her sport in the World Athletics Championship in Beijing.

He began his march to the medal on Tuesday morning, and in the second round faced off against Georgii Zantaraia of Ukraine, who is ranked number one in the world and won bronze last year. However, Pollack managed to get the better of his opponent.

In the quarter-finals, Pollack squeezed out a tense victory against Loic Korval of France, in a match that can be viewed below.        (INN)

 

Shomrim Win Softball Game Against NYPD at Annual Classic

Shomrim Win Softball Game Against NYPD at Annual Classic

Tuesday night, August 18, the Borough Park Shomrim faced off against the NYPD's 66 Precinct at the sixth annual Greenfield Classic softball game. In an exciting game, the...

Sports-Minded Jewish Journalist Surveys ‘Underreported’ Maccabiah Games

Sports-Minded Jewish Journalist Surveys ‘Underreported’ Maccabiah Games

What do basketball player and coach Larry Brown, swimmers Jason Lezak and Mark Spitz, and gymnast Mitch Gaylord have in common?

They’re among a group of 25 individuals who...

Indonesia Holds Up Visa for Israeli Badminton Player

Indonesia Holds Up Visa for Israeli Badminton Player

An Israeli badminton player looks set to miss next week's world championships in Indonesia after authorities failed to grant him a visa, AFP reported on Friday, August7.

M...

Israeli Special Olympians Bring Home Medals

Israeli Special Olympians Bring Home Medals

The Israeli delegation to the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles won 25 gold, 18 silver and 19 bronze medals.

Forty Special Olympians, 62 medals — an impressive s...

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