Yarden Gerbi became the first Israeli to win a gold medal at the Judo World
Championships in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday night, recording ippons – judo’s
version of a knockout – in all five of her fightes.
entered the championships as the world No. 1 in the under-63 kilogram
competition and proved she truly is the best with a win over Clarisse Agbegnenou
in the final in just 43 seconds.
Gerbi began the competition with her
quickest ippon of the day, knocking out Karla Catota Quijano of El Salvador in
just 45 seconds.
It took almost three minutes for the Israeli to spring
an ippon against Italian Valentina Giorgis, but she needed less than two minutes
to do so against Tina Trstenjak of Slovenia to advance to the semifinals. Gerbi
faced world No. 4 Kane Abe of Japan in the semifinals, but she came up with yet
another ippon, this time by forcing her opponent into submission 2:47 minutes
into the battle by pinning her to the mat.