Yarden Gerbi

Yarden Gerbi
Personal information
Nationality Israeli
Born (1989-07-08) July 8, 1989
Kfar Saba, Israel
Residence Netanya, Israel
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)[1]
Website "yardengerbi.com". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. 
Sport Judo
Weight class 63 kg
Rank 1
Event(s) Women's 63 kg
Club Meitav Netanya
Coached by Shany Hershko
Achievements and titles
World finals World Champion (2013)
National finals Israeli Champion (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)
Highest world ranking 1 (2013)

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

She won the gold medal at the 2013 World Judo Championships in the category -63 kg (139 lbs.).[2][3] She won the Israeli championship five times by the age of 24, and was a silver medalist in the 2009 Maccabiah Games.

Personal life

Gerbi was born in Kfar Saba, Israel to a Jewish family. She was raised and also currently resides in Netanya, Israel.[4][3][5][6] Her nicknames are Jordan, Gerb, and Denush.[1] She attended the Open University of Israel, studying Economics and Management.[1][7]

Judo career

Early career

Gerbi, who began judo at age 6, trains with club Meditav Netanya.[3] Shani Hershko, former coach of the Israeli women's national judo team, has been her trainer since childhood.[3][8]

Gerbi twice won the Israeli judo championship. She won the silver medal in the 2012 European Judo Championships, and bronze in the 2013 European Judo Championships.[3]

In 2007, she won the Israel Championships.[9] 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.[10] 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.[10][11]

In 2010, she came in second in the Grand Prix Qingdao and the Baku World Cup and the Birmingham World Cup, third in the Warsaw World Cup, and came in 7th place at the World Championships in Tokyo.[10] 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.[10] However she was eliminated in the second round of the 2011 world championship and did not qualify for Israel's 2012 Olympic team.[3]

In 2012, she won the Tashkent World Cup and the Israel Championships, took second in the 2012 European Judo Championships in Russia, and took third in the Dusseldorf Grand Prix.[10][12]

In 2013, prior to the world championships she won the Grand Slam Baku and Grand Slam Moscow, and took second in the Samsung Grand Prix, and third in the Dusseldorf Grand Prix and the 2013 European Judo Championships.[9][10] She achieved a world ranking of No. 1 in May 2013.[13]

2013 World Champion

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.[2][3][14] 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.[3][7][8][14][15] She recorded an ippon in each of her five fights on the way to the championship.[8][14] Commenting on the reaction from Israelis to her championship, she said: "I received three marriage proposals."[16]

Gerbi became the first Israeli to win a gold medal at the Judo World Championships.[15] 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).[8][17]

She was voted Israeli Sports Personality of the Year in 2013 by the readers of The Jerusalem Post.[18]


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

At the 2014 Judo World Championship 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.[19][20]

In December 2014, she was named Israeli Sportswoman of the Year.[21]

In 2015 she won a bronze medal at the 2015 European Games.

On 17 October 2015, Gerbi won the bronze medal in the Paris Grand Slam after defeating Miho Minei from Japan.[22] 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.[23]

Rio Olympics

On 9 August 2016, Gerbi won a bronze medal for her native Israel at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Prior to her win, she was ranked among the top 14 eligible female judokas in her category as of May 30, 2016.[24] After losing to hometown Brazilian Mariana Silva in the quarter-finals, she won her next two repechage fights to win the bronze medal.

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 "About Me". Yarden Gerbi. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  2. 1 2 Sinai, Allon. "Israel's Gerbi takes gold at Judo World Championships". Jerusalem Post, August 29, 2013. Retrieved on August 30, 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Yanover, Yori (August 30, 2013). "Israeli Takes Judo World Championship Gold". The Jewish Press. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  4. "Israeli wins bronze in Judo in Rio". Ynetnews. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  5. "Israeli Sports", Jewish Sports Review, Vol. 9, No. 11, Issue 107, p. 20, January/February 2015.
  6. David Shear (April 26, 2013). "Israeli Judoist Wins Medal in Budapest, Hungary". Shalom Life. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  7. 1 2 Jac Looch (July 9, 2013). "Israeli Yarden Gerbi Wins World Judo Championship". Jspace.com. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  8. 1 2 3 4 Sinai, Allon. "Sinai Says: Gerbi's gold-medal talent matches her sparkling character". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  9. 1 2 "Yarden Gerbi (Israel); judo results, medals, matches, photos and videos". Judoinside.com. July 8, 1989. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  10. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Results". yardengerbi.com. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  11. "Maccabiah Games Tel Aviv, 2009; judo results, medals, matches, photos and videos". Judoinside.com. July 19, 2009. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  12. "Israelian Championships Ra'anana, 2012, Israel; judo results, medals, matches, photos and videos". Judoinside.com. December 12, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  13. "ג'ודו: ירדן ג'רבי בראש הדירוג העולמי". Ynet. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
  14. 1 2 3 Sinai, Allon (August 29, 2013). "Israel's Gerbi takes gold at Judo World Championships". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  15. 1 2 "Yarden Gerbi takes gold at Worlds, first for Israeli judoka". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. September 2, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  16. "ירדן ג'רבי: "קיבלתי שלוש הצעות נישואים"". Ynet. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  17. Yori Yanover (August 30, 2013). "Israeli Takes Judo World Championship Gold". The Jewish Press. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  18. "Person of the year in Israeli sports: Yarden Gerbi". The Jerusalem Post - JPost.com.
  19. "Israel's Yarden Gerbi wins silver at World Judo Championships". Haaretz.com. August 28, 2014.
  20. "Israeli judoka wins silver medal in World Championship". The Times of Israel.
  21. "Grapevine: The spice of life in Israel". The Jerusalem Post.
  22. "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.
  23. "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). 31 October 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  24. "ג'רבי: אהיה מוכנה לריו, פולק: אנחנו נבחרת חזקה". ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved 1 June 2016.
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