The new judo competition season for 2023 kicked off today (Friday) with the Portugal Grand Prix, when the Israeli Shira Rini won a bronze medal.
Rhani, who competes in the weight category up to 48 kg, met the Austrian Katrina Tanzer, ranked 22nd in the world, in the battle for third place. She achieved a fast Vasari in 22 seconds, and kept it until the end of the fight, to get on the podium.
Even before that, she overcame competitors from France, Venezuela and in the quarterfinals over Spain, but was stopped in the semifinals against the bronze medalist from the last World Championship, Aviva Abuzkinova.
At the same weight, Tamar Malka, lost in the second round.
For the boys, things went a little less well, when Yam Volchek and Ariel Shulman lost their first fight in the weight category up to 60 kg. Korea's Ann Baul, a bronze medalist from the Tokyo Olympics, knocked out Daniel Kaplushnik in the second round in the weight category up to 66 kg, when at this weight Also competing was Amit Bobovich who was stopped in the round of 16.
Tomorrow (Saturday), former world champion Sagi Muki and Fatah Badash will participate in the weight category up to 81 kg, Ido Levin and Oron Giner (up to 73 kg), Kerem Primo and Adelina Novitsky in the weight category up to 63 kg and Maya Kogan (up to 70 kg "third).
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