Israel took home 3 medals on Friday - Bronze in the men's -73, Silver in the Women's -63, and Gold in the Men's -81.
In the -73 category, Tohar Butbul took a tour of North America - beating the Candian Bouchard and the American Turner by Ippon - Bouchard with Osoto Gari 3 minutes in, and Turner on a Wazari from a Seoinage 23 seconds into Golden Score. He was cruising in the quarter finals, up by a Wazari with the seconds ticking away - but was thrown by Tajikistan's Khojazoda literally as time ran out - forcing him into the repechage. He ultimately won the Bronze by beating Nils Stump of Switzerland
In the -63 category, Inbal Shemesh, despite being the World #37, fought some good battles and came away with the Silver, ultimately losing to Maria Centracchio of Italy in Golden Score.
As for the -81 category, it seemed as if it was almost scripted. In the last match of the day, hometown favorite Sagi Muki, dispatched Ivanov of Belarus with a beautiful Sode Tsurikomi Goshi at just over a minute into the match. Needless to say the crowd went wild - Sagi was ecstatic and jumped into Coach Oren Smadga's arms right after the final bows. As he walked to the podium, Neta's Eurovision-winning song - 'Toy' was blaring over the speakers. Below is a video of the throw