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Israel's Judoka Peter Paltchik Takes Home the Gold

Israeli judoka Peter Paltchik won the gold medal at the Paris Grand Slam on Sunday 9 Feb. 2020, defeating Olympic silver medalist Varlam Liparteliani in the under-100-kilogram category. Paltchik, currently ranked sixth in the world, is the first Israeli judoka to take gold in the Paris Grand Slam since Arik Zeevi in 2004. Paltchik is considered one of Israel's top athletes and a potential Tokyo 2020 Olympic medalist. In 2018, Paltchik brought home several medals, taking gold at The Hague Grand Prix, the Grand Prix Tbilisi, Georgia and at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which led to Israel's national anthem, Hatikvah, being played for the first time at a Gulf State sporting contest. (Israel Hayom)