Yarden Gerbi

Yarden Gerbi (or Jerbi,[2] Hebrew: ירדן ג'רבי; born July 8, 1989) is an Israeli former judoka world champion. She won an Olympic bronze medal competing for Israel at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Women's 63 kg Judo.[3]

Yarden Gerbi
Yarden Gerbi (ISR) 2022.jpg
Gerbi in 2022
Personal information
NationalityIsraeli
Born (1989-07-08) 8 July 1989 (age 33)[1]
Kfar Saba, Israel
OccupationJudoka
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Sport
Country Israel
SportJudo
Weight class–63 kg[1]
Rank     Black belt in Judo
ClubMeitav Netanya
Coached byShany Hershko
Achievements and titles
World Champ.Gold(2013)
European Champ.Silver(2012)
Olympic GamesBronze (2016)
Highest world ranking1 (2013)
Profile at external databases
IJF1880
JudoInside.com33724
Updated on 24 October 2022.

Gerbi won the gold medal at the 2013 World Judo Championships in the -63 kg (139 lbs.) category.[4][5][6] She won the Israeli championship five times by the age of 24, and was a silver medalist in the 2009 Maccabiah Games.

Personal lifeEdit

Gerbi was born in Kfar Saba, Israel, to a family of Sephardic Jewish (Tunisian-Jewish) descent from Djerba. She was raised and also currently resides in Netanya, Israel.[7][6][8][9] Her nicknames are Jordan, Gerb, and Denush.[1] She attended the Open University of Israel, studying Economics and Management.[1][10]

Judo careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Gerbi, who began practicing judo at age 6, trains with club Meditav Netanya.[6] Shani Hershko, former coach of the Israeli women's national judo team, has been her trainer since childhood.[6][11]

Gerbi twice won the Israeli judo championship. She won the silver medal in the 2012 European Judo Championships,[12] and bronze in the 2013 European Judo Championships.[13][6]

In 2007, she won the Israel Championships.[14]

In 2008, Gerbi won the Israel Championships and the Under-23 Israel Championships, and took third in the Under-20 category in the European Championships.[15]

In 2009, she won the Israel Championships and the Belo Horizonte World Cup, placed second in the 2009 Maccabiah Games, and took third place in the Qingdao Grand Prix.[15][16][17]

In 2010, she came in second in the Qingdao Grand Prix,[18] the Baku World Cup and the Birmingham World Cup, third in the Warsaw World Cup, and came in 7th place at the Tokyo World Championships.[15] In 2011, she won the Israeli Championships, came in second in the San Salvador World Cup and the Miami World Cup, third in the Moscow Grand Slam and the World Masters Baku, and fifth in the 2011 European Judo Championships.[15] However, she was eliminated in the second round of the 2011 world championship and did not qualify for Israel's 2012 Olympic team.[6]

In 2012, she won the Tashkent World Cup and the Israel Championships, took second in the 2012 European Judo Championships in Russia,[12] and took third in the Düsseldorf Grand Prix.[15][19][20]

In 2013, prior to the world championships she won the Baku Grand Slam[21] and the Moscow Grand Slam,[22] took second in the Samsun Grand Prix,[23] third in the Düsseldorf Grand Prix[24] and the 2013 European Judo Championships.[14][15] She achieved a world ranking of No. 1 in May 2013.[25][13]

2013 World ChampionEdit

In August 2013, at the age of 24, she won the gold medal at the 2013 World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro in the category -63 kg (139 lbs.), defeating each of her five opponents unconditionally.[4][5][6][26] She defeated No. 2-ranked Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, the European champion, in the final by dislocating her shoulder and rendering her unconscious with a chokehold in 43 seconds.[6][10][11][26][27] She recorded an ippon in each of her five fights on the way to the championship.[11][26] Commenting on the reaction from Israelis to her championship, she said: "I received three marriage proposals."[28]

Gerbi became the first Israeli to win a gold medal at the Judo World Championships.[27] Israelis Yael Arad (1991 – bronze, 1993 – silver), Oren Smadja (1995 – silver), and Ariel Ze’evi (2001 – silver) had each previously won a silver medal in the championships, and Alice Schlesinger had most recently won a bronze medal in 2009; also Olympic medals, which is Gerbi's next goal, have been won by Arad (Barcelona 1992 – silver), Smadja (Barcelona 1992 – bronze), and Ze’evi (Athens 2004 – bronze).[11][29]

She was voted Israeli Sports Personality of the Year in 2013 by the readers of The Jerusalem Post.[30]

2014–15Edit

 
Gerbi (in blue) with Cachola from Portugal at the bronze final of the 2015 European Games (Baku)

At the 2014 World Judo Championships in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, Gerbi won the silver medal after losing by an ippon to Frenchwoman Clarice Agbegnenou in the final in the under-63 kilo category.[31][32][33]

In December 2014, she was named Israeli Sportswoman of the Year.[34]

In 2015, she won a bronze medal at the 2015 European Games.[35]

On 17 October 2015, Gerbi won the bronze medal in the Paris Grand Slam after defeating Miho Minei from Japan.[36][37] Two weeks later on 31 October 2015, she won the bronze again, this time in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, after defeating Juul Franssen from the Netherlands.[38][39]

Rio Olympics and retirementEdit

On 9 August 2016, Gerbi won a bronze medal for her native Israel at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (shared with Anicka van Emden).[3] Prior to her win, she was ranked among the top 14 eligible female judokas in her category as of May 30, 2016.[40] After losing to hometown Brazilian Mariana Silva in the quarter-finals, she won her next two repechage fights to win the bronze medal.

Gerbi took part in the torch lighting ceremony at the 2017 Maccabiah Games on July 6, 2017.[41] On October 2, Gerbi announced her retirement from Judo.[42]

MedalsEdit

Sources:[43]

Year Tournament Place Ref.
2009 Grand Prix Qingdao   [17]
2010 Grand Prix Qingdao   [18]
2011 World Masters   [44]
Grand Slam Moscow   [45]
2012 Grand Prix Düsseldorf   [20]
European Championships   [12]
2013 Grand Prix Düsseldorf   [24]
Grand Prix Samsun   [23]
European Championships   [13]
Grand Slam Baku   [21]
World Masters   [46]
Grand Slam Moscow   [22]
World Championships   [4]
2014 Grand Prix Düsseldorf   [47]
Grand Prix Tbilisi   [48]
World Championships   [31]
Grand Prix Astana   [49]
Grand Prix Tashkent   [50]
Grand Prix Qingdao   [51]
2015 Grand Prix Zagreb   [52]
European Games   [35]
Grand Slam Tyumen   [53]
Grand Slam Paris   [36]
Grand Slam Abu Dhabi   [38]
2016 Grand Prix Havana   [54]
Summer Olympics   [3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ @haaretzcom (7 May 2016). "Alice Schlesinger beats Israeli Yarden Jerbi and wins Grand Slam Baku gold medal" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  8. ^ "Israeli Sports", Jewish Sports Review, Vol. 9, No. 11, Issue 107, p. 20, January/February 2015.
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  11. ^ a b c d Sinai, Allon. "Sinai Says: Gerbi's gold-medal talent matches her sparkling character". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  12. ^ a b c "2012 European Championships". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  13. ^ a b c "2013 European Championships". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Yarden Gerbi (Israel); judo results, medals, matches, photos and videos". Judoinside.com. 8 July 1989. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
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  16. ^ "Maccabiah Games Tel Aviv, 2009; judo results, medals, matches, photos and videos". Judoinside.com. 19 July 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
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  18. ^ a b "2010 Grand Prix Qingdao". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
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  27. ^ a b "Yarden Gerbi takes gold at Worlds, first for Israeli judoka". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  28. ^ "ירדן ג'רבי: "קיבלתי שלוש הצעות נישואים"". Ynet. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  29. ^ Yori Yanover (30 August 2013). "Israeli Takes Judo World Championship Gold". The Jewish Press. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  30. ^ "Person of the year in Israeli sports: Yarden Gerbi". The Jerusalem Post - JPost.com.
  31. ^ a b "2014 World Championships". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  32. ^ "Israel's Yarden Gerbi wins silver at World Judo Championships". Haaretz.com. 28 August 2014.
  33. ^ "Israeli judoka wins silver medal in World Championship". The Times of Israel.
  34. ^ "Grapevine: The spice of life in Israel". The Jerusalem Post.
  35. ^ a b "2015 European Games". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  36. ^ a b "2015 Grand Slam Paris". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  37. ^ "יום ענק לג'ודאים: ג'רבי, מוקי וראשוני זכו בארד" [Great day for the judokas: Gerbi, Muki and Rishoni won the bronze]. ONE (in Hebrew). 17 October 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  38. ^ a b "2015 Grand Slam Abu Dhabi". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  39. ^ אהרוני, אורן (31 October 2015). "ג'ודו: ג'רבי זכתה בארד באבו דאבי ופרצה בבכי, ארד גם למוקי" [Judo: Gerbi and Muki won the bronze in Abu Dhabi]. ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  40. ^ "ג'רבי: אהיה מוכנה לריו, פולק: אנחנו נבחרת חזקה". ynet (in Hebrew). June 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  41. ^ Ervin, Gilot To Participate In Torch Lighting At Maccabiah Games
  42. ^ "ירדן ג'רבי בראיון פרישה: "כשאין מוטיבציה, אי אפשר לעשות את זה"". Haaretz (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  43. ^ "Yarden Gerbi — Tournament results". ijf.org. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  44. ^ "2011 World Masters". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  45. ^ "2011 Grand Slam Moscow". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  46. ^ "2013 World Masters". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  47. ^ "2014 Grand Prix Düsseldorf". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  48. ^ "2014 Grand Prix Tbilisi". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  49. ^ "2014 Grand Prix Astana". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  50. ^ "2014 Grand Prix Tashkent". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  51. ^ "2014 Grand Prix Qingdao". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  52. ^ "2015 Grand Prix Zagreb". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  53. ^ "2015 Grand Slam Tyumen". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  54. ^ "2016 Grand Prix Havana". ijf.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.

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