JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israelis are understandably proud of their first gold medal winner in world judoka competitions.
Yarden Gerbi, 24, became the Jewish state's first judoka athlete to win the coveted gold medal at the Judo World Championships in Rio de Janeiro Thursday evening, defeating European champion Clarisse Agbegnenou in just 43 seconds.
Gerbi is the fifth Israeli athlete to win a medal in international judoka competition.
In 1992, Yael Arad became Israel's first Olympic medalist, winning the silver medal in judoka at Barcelona, followed the next day by Oren Smadja, who brought home the bronze. In 2004, Ariel Ze'evi also won a bronze medal in judoka in Athens.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a congratulatory statement, calling Gerbi's win a "swift, elegant…fantastic achievement."