The evening of the second finals, at the Masters tournament in Jerusalem in judo, was not only exciting after the bronze medal of Gili Sharr, these were also the first career win of the Iranian Saeed Molai, who went up to the podium to receive the silver medal in the weight up to 81 kg.
As you may remember, after the 2019 World Championship in Japan, Moulay, 30, was forced to flee his homeland, after he was not allowed to compete against Sagi Muki, when he wandered and first moved to compete in the refugee team, later moved to Mongolia and now represents Azerbaijan.
The judoka, accompanied all the time by the people of the World Judo Federation (IJF) said at the end: "The Israeli audience constantly encouraged me and supported me throughout the day, they gave me a lot of energy.
I also thank the Iranian fans living in Israel for this, this is the last competition of the year and I also thank the World Judo Association, always with me and supporting every competition."
Molai in the battle for the silver medal, photo: Oren Aharoni
"I'm very happy now, because this is my first medal at the Masters, after twice being in fifth place. I'm very happy to be here, that I can be like all the athletes to come here to compete and I'm really having fun here."
"Happy to be here", photo: Oren Aharoni
Receives support all over the world, photo: Oren Aharoni
About his opponent in the final he said: "We have a competition, he beat me three times and I beat him, he was better than me and I hope that in the next competition I will come more prepared with good energy and win."
About Sagi Muki he said: "Sagi is a good friend of mine, he is a world champion and I respect him a lot, today did not go so well for him, I always send him positive energies.
I believe that in the next competition he will be more successful."
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