Israel team effort wins bronze at Judo Worlds – The Australian Jewish News

What teamwork of the Israeli judokas!

Israel won the mixed team bronze medal at the 2022 World Judo Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Oct. 13, narrowly beating the Netherlands to secure a podium spot.

Israeli judoka Guy Gurevitch first lost to Frank de Wit, before Raz Hershko won his fight to equalize for Israel.

His teammate Peter Paltchik then lost to Michal Korrel, but Israel fought back again when Timna Nelson-Levy defeated Pleuni Cornelisse.

Israel’s Timna Nelson-Levy traps her Dutch opponent Pleuni Cornelisse in her fight in the mixed team bronze medal match at the 2022 World Judo Championships. Photo: Tamara Kulumbegashvili/International Judo Federation

Victories for Ido Levin and Maya Goshen sealed a 4-2 aggregate win over Israel and the bronze medal.

Instead of celebrating his fight victory, Goshen helped his opponent, Sanne Vermeer, off the mat to receive treatment for a painful injury, in a wonderful example of fair play.

Israel qualified for the bronze medal by beating Uzbekistan 4-2, then South Korea 4-3 – with Hershko winning the all-important final bout – before losing 1-4 to France.

Japan ended up winning gold and France silver.

Israeli world championship team members Hershko, Paltchik and Nelson-Levy represented Israel at the Tokyo Olympics last year, helping to win a mixed team bronze medal.

The 2022 Judo Worlds were originally scheduled to coincide with Yom Kippur but were pushed back to October 6-13 after Moshe Ponte, president of the Israel Judo Association, asked the International Judo Federation to postpone the competition.

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