France and Israel Claim Gold at the 2018 New York Open Team Judo Tournament

March 29, 2018, 1:21 p.m. (ET)

Press Release from the New York Open held March 24 & 25, 2018:

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the end a day filled with intense judo action, two teams stood atop the New York Open Judo Team Tournament podium at the prestigious New York Athletic Club: France and Israel. Team France secured gold in the men’s category, and Team Israel won gold for the women, though each team’s path to victory was a very different narrative.

Team France sent their strongest team in recent years with three 2016 Rio Olympians in a team of five athletes. They met and exceeded expectations by overpowering the field behind Ibrahima Keita’s MVP performance. Keita received the Travis Stevens Outstanding Player Award.

Team Israel brought a team of young, rising stars, but from their first match of the tournament, it was clear that they had an energy that would not be easily stopped. The Israeli women defeated strong teams from both the United States and France on the way to securing their second consecutive gold medal at the tournament. Tamar Malca was just one of the Israeli athletes who shined as she was honored with the Kayla Harrison Outstanding Player Award.

Men’s Results:
1st – France
2nd – Poland
3rd – Canada

Women’s Results:
1st – Israel
2nd – France
3rd – USA

Travis Stevens Men’s Outstanding Player Award: Ibrahima Keita (90 kg), Team France

Kayla Harrison Women’s Outstanding Player Award: Tamar Malca (48 kg), Team Israel

Lifetime achievement Award: Jim Pedro Sr.

 

Tamar Malca (ISR)Kayla Harrison Women's Outstanding Player Award:
Tamar Malca (48kg), Team Israel

 

Ibrahima Keita (FRA)Travis Stevens Men's Outstanding Player Award:
Ibrahima Keita (90kg), Team France

 

NYACL to R:
Arthur Canario, Stephane Nomis, Sauveur Soriano, John Walla

 

Team FranceTeam France:
Men and Women

 

Team USATeam USA:
Women

 

Ibrahima Keita (FRA)Team France wins GOLD!
 

 

Ibrahima Keita (FRA)Team France:
Men

 

 
Tamar Malca (ISR)DELGADO (USA) vs MARCUS-TABELLION (ISR)

 

Ibrahima Keita (FRA)GALLES (USA) vs SHARIR (ISR)

 

NYACTeam USA Member:
Jack Hatton

 

Team FranceTeam USA Men
 

 

Team USATeam USA Women

 

Ibrahima Keita (FRA)Team USA Women

 

Ibrahima Keita (FRA)Team USA Member:
Alex Turner

 

Ibrahima Keita (FRA)Morris Family:
Dani & Randi promoted to orange belt at the NY Open