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Bat-El Gatterer (Hebrew: בת אל גטרר; born February 4, 1988) is an Israeli Olympic taekwondo athlete. She was the women's 2010 European featherweight champion.

Bat-El Gatterer
Personal information
Birth nameבת אל גטרר
NationalityIsraeli
Born (1988-02-04) February 4, 1988 (age 31)
Kokhav Ya'akov, West Bank
ResidenceJerusalem
Height5' 7" (170 cm)
Weight121 lb (55 kg)
Sport
CountryIsrael
SportTaekwondo
Event(s)Featherweight (57 kg)
ClubAhi Yehuda, Jerusalem
Coached byAvi Kadouri & Noa Shmida

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BiographyEdit

Gatterer was born in and lived in the Israeli settlement of Kokhav Ya'akov, on a hilltop in the West Bank.[1][2][3] In 1984, the family moved to Kokhav Ya'akov, a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, where she trains.[3][4] She is the eldest of six children, and served in the Israel Defense Forces for two years.[3][4] She is a religiously observant Jew.[3]

Taekwondo careerEdit

Gatterer enrolled in her first fighting class at 9 years of age, and at 12 years of age she began studying taekwondo.[5] She trains with the club Ahi Yehuda in Jerusalem.[6][7] She also trains at Wingate Institute, near Netanya, Israel.[3] She is coached by Avi Kadouri and Noa Shmida.[7]

In 2007, she won a gold medal in the under-55 kg class at the Austrian Open in Innsbruck, Austria, and bronze medals at the Trelleborg Open in Trelleborg, Sweden, and the Belgian Open in Herentals, Belgium.[8] She was ranked second in Europe in her weight class by the European Taekwondo Union.[9]

In 2008, competing in the under-55 kg class she won gold medals at the Dutch Open in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, the German Open in Hamburg, Germany, and the Croatia Open in Zagreb, Croatia.[8] She also won a bronze medal at the Austrian Open in Innsbruck, Austria, and a bronze medal in the under-57 kg weight class at the Olympic Games qualification competition in Istanbul, Turkey.[3][8] Upon qualifying for the 2008 Summer Olympics, she said "I was a little surprised to have qualified. It is a great achievement and it is the dream of every sportsman, but people believed in me."[3]

She competed, at 20 years of age, on behalf of Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.[10][11][12] She was defeated 4–3 by former European champion Martina Zubčić of Croatia.[12] She finished tied for 11th place.[6]

In 2009, competing in the under-57 kg class she won a gold medal at the British Open in Manchester, England.[8][13]

She won the gold medal in the women's featherweight (−57 kg) division at the 2010 European Taekwondo Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia.[14] Also in 2010, competing in the under-57 kg class she won a gold medal at the Dutch Open in Eindhoven, a silver medal in the Paris Open in Paris, France, and a bronze medal at the Belgian Open in Herentals.[8][13] That year, she was ranked # 3 by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).[13]

In 2011, competing in the under-57 kg class she won a gold medal at the Trelleborg Open in Trelleborg, and bronze medals at the German Open in Hamburg and the Croatia Open in Zagreb.[8] In October 2011, she was ranked third in the world in her weight class by the WTF.[15]

In 2012, she won gold medals in the Israel Open and the Croatia Open, a silver medal in the Trelleborg Open, and a bronze medal in the Austrian Open.[16] in 2013, she won a gold medal at the Israel Open, a silver medal at the Dutch Open, and a bronze medal at the Croatia Open.[16] In 2014, she won a gold medal at the Belgian Open, silver medals at the Israel Open and the Trelleborg Open, and bronze medals at the Austrian Open, Argentina Open, Costa Rica Open, and Ukraine Open.[16]

She began 2015, competing in the under-62 kg class, by winning a silver medal at the Greek Open, and a bronze medal at the Ukraine Open.[16]

She is one of three Israeli taekwondo Olympians, along with Maya Arusi (Athens, 2004) and Ron Atias (Rio de Janeiro, 2016).[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Beijing Taekwondo: Israel's Bat-El Gatterer hits the fast track". The Telegraph. July 31, 2008. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  2. ^ "Taekwondo et Cacheroute" (in French). Israel Infos. August 15, 2008. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Little Bat-El aims for taekwondo gold". Haaretz. April 2, 2008. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Israeli Taekwondo Champ to Olympics". CBN News. August 4, 2008. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  5. ^ Miskin, Maayana (May 13, 2010). "Israeli Woman First in Taekwondo". Israel National News. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Bat-El Gatterer Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on November 12, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "2008 Beijing Summer Olympics | Bat-El Gatterer Profile & Bio, Photos & Videos". NBC Olympics. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Gatterer, Bat-El". Taekwondo Data. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  9. ^ Levi, Hana (August 4, 2008). "Yesha Resident Kicks Her Way to Beijing Olympics". Israel National News. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  10. ^ "Israel at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  11. ^ Tali Minsberg (September 7, 2009). "Gatterer shines but Germany, France victorious at Jerusalem International Open". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  12. ^ a b Hipsh, Rami (August 19, 2008). "Hoping for winds in Zubari's sail". Haaretz. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  13. ^ a b c "Media Information; 2010 SportAccord Combat Games" (PDF). World Taekwondo Federation. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  14. ^ "Sports Shorts". Haaretz. October 9, 2010. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  15. ^ "Top Ten del WTF World Ranking, Octubre 2011". masTaekwondo.com. October 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  16. ^ a b c d [1]
  17. ^ [2]

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