Israeli Takes Judo World Championship Gold. In an unprecedented achievement for Israeli judo, Yarden Gerbi on Thursday night won the Rio De Janeiro, Brazil judo world championship in her weight category (139 lbs.). This is the highest ranking ever in international championships for an Israeli athlete.
Azerbaijan's Nijat Shikhalizada (white) competes with Canada's Antoine Bouchard during the mens qualification match, in the -66kg category at the Judo World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan. Jack Guez, AFP/Getty Images
** WATCH ** Yarden Gerbi of Israel wins gold at the Judo World Championships | No. 1 seed in under-63 kilogram category defeats French rival after only 43 seconds, becomes first Israeli to win world championship