Yarden Gerbi takes gold at Worlds, first for Israeli judoka

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Yarden Gerbi became the first Israeli to win a gold medal at the Judo World Championships.

Gerbi, 24, of Netanya, defeated France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou, the European champion, to take the under-63 kilo category in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last week. Agbegnenou finished the bout with a dislocated shoulder.

Gerbi scored five knockouts in the tournament.

Israeli Alice Schlesinger won a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2009.