Two Israeli athletes won gold and silver medals this weekend at the Baku Grand Slam Tournament in Azerbaijan.
Gold medal winner Sagi Muki defeated Bulgarian Ivaylo Ivan in the men’s under-81 kg weight class final, his third gold medal and one that puts him on track to represent the Jewish State in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Sagi Muki of Israel claims the top spot on the Men's -81kg podium at the 2019 Baku Grand Slam – He defeated Ivaylo Ivanov of Bulgaria with an explosive hip throw! #JudoBaku #Judo © IJF Media Team – Ben Urban pic.twitter.com/W0o33GgCoj
— #JudoBaku (@Judo) May 11, 2019
“I get so much of my motivation from knowing that I represent Israel, and that my entire people are behind me in the good times and not-so-good times,” Muki said.
Fellow Israeli judoka Tohar Butbul took home the silver medal in the men’s under-71 kg weight class final.