Israeli judo champion Sagi Muki won the gold medal at the Judo World Championship in Tokyo on Wednesday.
This is the first Israeli male who has won this event.
Sagi sang along to Hatikva on the top podium as the Israeli flag waved.
Muki defeats Belgian opponent to become first male Israeli world champion; at semifinal, Egyptian contestant refuses to shake his hand
Israeli judoka Sagi Muki was named world champion Wednesday, taking the gold medal at the World Judo Championship finals in
Tokyo, Japan, and becoming the first male Israeli athlete to receive the top prize.
Muki claimed the gold after defeating Belgium’s Matthias Casse in the finals of the men’s under-81 kilogram weight class.
An emotional Muki fell to the ground after winning, then got up and spread his arms wide to cheers from the audience.
The middleweight champion reached the finals after narrowly defeating Egyptian opponent Mohamed Abdelaal,
who refused to shake his hand at the end of their match (echoing another Egyptian judoka’s actions when losing to
Israel’s Ori Sasson at the Rio Olympics in 2016).
“I’m sorry” that Abdelaal refused, said Muki.
“I’m pleased that I was able to show the beautiful face of Israel.
(story credit : times of Israel)