Israeli Wins World Judo Competition – in Japan!

Israel is awash with pride, but incident during match with Egyptian judoka has some scratching their heads

By Israel Today Staff |
Sagi Muki celebrates his victory at the European Judo Championship in 2018. Photo: Roy Alima/Flash90

For the first time ever, an Israeli is the Judo champion of the world.

Sagi Muki from Netanya took the gold medal at the World Judo Championships in Tokyo on Wednesday. Muki won gold at the European Championships in 2015 and 2018. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Muki on Twitter writing, “World champion! Wonderful Sagi Muki – you bring a lot of honor and pride to all of us.” Netanyahu spoke to the champ and invited him to the Prime Minister’s Office with the medal. 

Israeli World Champion!

But watch what happens when Muki beat the Egyptian in semi-finals

Hatikvah in Japan!

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