Judo: Ze'evi, Yekutial miss Israeli championships

The two top judokas are recovering from long term injuries and decide not to take risks ahead of Olympic year.

arik zeevi 88 (photo credit: )
arik zeevi 88
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The Israeli Judo Championships on Wednesday were overshadowed by the absence of the country's two top judokas Arik Ze'evi and Gal Yekutial. The two are recovering from long term injuries and decided not to risk re-injuring themselves ahead of the Olympic year. "I'm back in training, but decided with my coach that I should save myself for the important competitions," Ze'evi said on Wednesday. Ori Shushan claimed the gold medal in Ze'evi's under 100 kilogram category, defeating Gregory Rodlson in the final. In the women's competition, Tania Simantov and Alice Shlesinger claimed gold medals once more, winning in the under 48kg and under 70kg categories respectively.