Tommy Arshansky proved why he is regarded as one of Israeli judo’s biggest
talents on Thursday, claiming a bronze medal at the European Championships in
The 21-year-old was handed a place in the Israel
delegation to the London Olympics last summer as one of three up-and-coming
athletes, eventually falling to silver medalist Hiroaki Hiraoka of Japan in the
Arshansky lost to Britain’s Ashley McKenzie in the quarterfinals
of the under-60 kilogram competition on Thursday, but beat Czech Pavel Petrikov
in the first round of the Repechage before defeating Yanislav Gerchev of
Bulgaria with an ippon with 16 seconds remaining in the fight for the bronze
Gili Cohen lost to Andreea Stefania Chitu of Romania in the
quarterfinals of the women’s under-52kg competition and ended the event in
seventh place after falling to Laura Gomez Ropinon of Spain in the
With Arik Ze’evi and Alice Schlesinger both missing, Yarden
Gerbi is the biggest name in the delegation after winning the silver medal in
the under-63kg competition last year.
Gerbi will be looking to scale the
podium in the championships for a second straight year on Friday.
who won the European title last year, retired following his disappointing
performance in London 2012, while Schlesinger is boycotting the championships
due to a dispute with the Israel Judo Association.
Schlesinger, who has
three European bronze medals to her name, initially fell out with the
association after it demanded that she stop training with her long-time coach
and partner Pavel Mosin.
A compromise was eventually reached, but the IJA
then refused to pay for Mosin to travel to Budapest and Schlesinger decided to
remain at home.