The third and last day of the Jerusalem Masters (Thursday) brought with it great news for the Israeli judo delegation, when Peter Palachik and Raz Hershko won the bronze medals.
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Palachik (photo: official website, Judo Association)
Up to 100 kg
Peter Palachik opened his way in the competition with a tough fight against the Kazakh Sharkhan. Palachik had a hard time throwing the Kazakh and towards the end of the legal time he was penalized for passivity. The fight went into gold scoring where Palachik was more aggressive and managed to fascinate his opponent, Simcha, but Palachik celebrated with Vozari thanks to an 11-second hold. In the next fight, Palachik met the Danish Madsen and after less than a minute he got Vozari and then a hold and Ipon and qualified for the quarter-finals.
In the quarter-finals he met the Georgian Solamanidza and was more active , but his opponent received no penalties. 14 seconds to the end of the legal time, the Georgian received a first penalty, but immediately after that he managed to get Vasari with only three seconds left in the fight and achieved a great victory for him and a painful one for Palachik. The Israeli kept the chance to win a medal thanks to a victory at the consolation house , where he defeated the Dutch Michael Corral thanks to an iPhone.
In the fight for the medal, against Belgium's Thomas Nikiforov, Palchik got a Vasari that gave him the lead in the fight.
In the final seconds, when the two had two penalties, Nikiforov received the third penalty that gave Palchik the win and the bronze medal.
Palachik summed up the competition and said: "This is the sweetest medal of all this year, also because it's at home. I started the year well with three medals, in the middle of the season I was less good with a complex world championship, happy that I'm proving to myself again what I'm worth. Today I was able to come Reflected in my abilities and exercises, I told Oren Samadja that kings never die. I enjoy the atmosphere here in Israel, this is the tournament I enjoy the most in the world, the crowd is with me in heart and soul at every moment of the fight."
up to 90 kg
Guy Gurevich surprised when he managed to win the first match against an opponent from Azerbaijan, who is ranked fourth in the tournament.
Gurevich made a late catch and qualified for the round of 16, where he met Klammert of the Czech Republic.
Gurevich also dominated his second fight and the Czech received two quick penalties for passivity.
The fight entered the gold scoring and Gurevich continued his dominance and also achieved a tie against the 21st ranked in the world.
In the quarter-finals, Gurevich met the seventh-ranked Georgian Masuardza in the world.
Gurevich dominated the fight and got a penalty from his opponent, but the Georgian got Vasari with a little more than a minute left in the fight and then moved to a choke and got Ipon.
Gurevich missed an opportunity to fight for the bronze medal, surrendering in the consolation bracket to Beka Gviniashvili, thus ending his career at the Jerusalem Masters.
Lee Kochman opened his way against an opponent from the Netherlands and won after the Dutchman took three penalties.
In the next stage Kuchman met the Japanese Murao, who dominated the fight and put Kuchman on the iPhone.
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Raz Hershko (Photo: GettyImages, JACK GUEZ)
Up to 78 kg, women
Inbar Lanir opened her way with a loss to the Japanese Takayama and was eliminated from the competition. Lanir got a seizure after 40 seconds and was unable to get up from the mat.
Over 78 kg, women
Raz Hershko opened her way to the women's heavyweight with a fight against Morio from the Republic the dominican
Hershko dominated the battle without question and squeezed two penalties from her opponent for passivity.
Her opponent then received another penalty and Reshko skipped to the quarterfinals, where she met China's Xu.
Hershko dominated the fight and squeezed two quick penalties from her opponent and one minute before the end of the legal time of the fight she squeezed a third penalty and achieved an impressive victory.
In the semi-final against the French Coralie Haime, Hershko took the lead thanks to Vasari, but the French Vasari sent the fight to a golden score.
After some tense minutes, Haime Ifon got a takedown that decided the fight in her favor, and Hershko went down to fight for the bronze.
Between Hershko and the medal, another Frenchwoman - Lea Fontan - separated, but Hershko's opponent accumulated three penalties during the fight, thus the Israeli secured another medal for the host in front of the home crowd.