At the women’s World Cup in Baku Israel became the winner of the first day of the four categories. With gold for Alice Schlesinger and silver for Roni Schwarcz and Yarden Gerbi it was a unique celebration. It was the first for Israel ever that two Israeli women were in the final of an international tournament. Four times two Israeli fought for a bronze medal, always men. But never in a final. Alice Schlesinger defeated her rival Yarden Gerbi to take the gold U63kg.
In Baku Schwarcz lost the final to Olha Sukha (UKR) who won her third ever World Cup. Two years ago she won in Baku too so she prolonged her title as last year the men were fighting in Azerbaijan.
Turkey won two medals today, bronze U48kg by Sümeyye Akkus but gold for Aynur Samat who won her second World Cup this year. In February 28-year old Samat won gold in Warsaw. In the final today she defeated Mariia Buyok (UKR) who was the youngest medalist today.
Greek Ioulietta Boukouvala confirmed her good form with gold U57kg defeating Viola Waechter (GER) in the final. The Greek champion won bronze at the last World Championships in Tokyo. Home fighter Kifayat Gasymova won bronze today, her 16th World Cup medal.
More action from Baku tomorrow.