The latest Judo News offered by

Sagi Muki secures hero status with sensational gold

25 Jan 2019 19:25

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation

European champion Sagi Muki of Israel produced the throw of the tournament so far as he catapulted the unsuspecting Ivaylo Ivanov (BUL) through the air with a textbook sode-tsurikomi-goshi in the U81kg final in Tel Aviv. Italy temporarily claimed top spot in the medal table after hitting the medal trail on day two but man of the moment Muki provided the crowd with a magical finish to win his country’s third gold medal at their home Grand Prix.

The Hague Grand Prix winner Ivaylo Ivanov (BUL) was expected to offer a stern challenge in what appeared to be a well-matched final on paper but Muki was in no mood to wait around and dismissed the Bulgarian in just 56 seconds.

In the first semi-final Cancun Grand Prix winner Sami Chouchi (BEL) lost out to Muki by ippon in the most eagerly-awaited contest in the opening session. Muki shook his opponent with an o-soto-gari and stylishly finished with a tani-otoshi to secure a place in the U81kg final.

In the second semi-final Junior World Championships winner Christian Parlati (ITA) was undone by Ivanov who has rediscovered his form at a crucial time in the qualification race for Tokyo 2020. Bulgaria’s Ivanov prevailed by ippon as Parlati slipped down into a bronze medal contest.

The first bronze medal was won by Parlati who defeated Junior European Championships bronze medallist and IJF newcomer Murad Fatiyev (AZE) as Italy’s staggering run went on during day two. Parlati took his career to new heights by winning his first IJF senior medal as Fatiyev was disqualified in golden score after accumulating three penalties. 

The second bronze medal went to Chouchi who threw Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Anri Egutidze (POR) after just 37 seconds for ippon with an emphatic o-soto-gari. Belgium talent Chouchi won his second Grand Prix medal to solidify his place among the world’s top judoka on the IJF World Ranking List and will be one to watch in the Paris Grand Slam in two weeks time.

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Sagi Muki (ISR) - Grand Prix Tel Aviv (2019, ISR) - © IJF Ben Urban, International Judo Federation
  • Sagi Muki (ISR), Ivaylo Ivanov (BUL) - Grand Prix Tel Aviv (2019, ISR) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Sagi Muki (ISR) - Grand Prix Tel Aviv (2019, ISR) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News


Georgian youngster Luka Maisuradze makes his mark

6 Apr 2019 19:25

Georgian rookie Luka Maisuradze provided Georgia with gold on day two as he beat fellow young gun and Tel Aviv Grand Prix bronze medallist Christian Parlati (ITA) in the U81kg final. Maisuradze threw with an o-soto-gari which the world number 33 initially resisted but the Georgian kept driving and finished the technique to win his first IJF gold medal. Read more


Sensational Christian Parlati lifts Italy to second in the medal table

20 Oct 2018 06:45

Italian Christian Parlati was the leading man in the U81kg category as he found a way past Kasahara Hiromasa (JPN) to spark the now familiar celebrations from the wonderful Italian team. Kasahara, who was fighting at his first and last Junior World Championships as he will be too old to compete next year, was launched with a ashi-guruma for ippon with 59 seconds left on the clock. Read more


Special day for Italian juniors as they claim two world titles

20 Oct 2018 00:35

What an amazing day for the Italian team. Never in Italian history have world titles were captured in one day, let alone three world titles in one event. On the third day of the World Championships in Nassau, Bahamas, Alice Bellandi and Christian Parlati claimed junior world titles. Read more


Rosalba Forciniti grabs Italian title after gap of eight years

29 Jan 2018 09:50

Remarkable results at the Italian Championships in Ostia this weekend. Rosalba Forciniti captured the title for women U52kg. Forciniti recently found the pleasure in judo and after getting two children she started training again in January. She competed last weekend in Ostia and won the title. In the final the five-time Italian Champion defeated Annarita Campese. Read more


Matthias Casse becomes first Belgian World Junior Champion since 27 years

20 Oct 2017 19:50

Belgian top talent Matthias Casse topped the medal podium in the U81kg category for Belgium as their presence in the competition continues to increase every day. Katowice European Open winner Casse became the first World Junior Champion since in 1990 Ulla Werbrouck and Christel Deliege won the World Junior title. In 1986 Johan Laats was the first and only man. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Fukuoka7 Apr
1Düsseldorf22 Feb
Result City Date
2Fukuoka7 Apr
1Paris9 Feb


First description Second description Third description Four description