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Sagi Muki, gold medal winner in Judo

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.

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“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.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.