Smadja, Oren : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Smadja, Oren

Sport:
judo

Country Represented:
Israel

Years Competed:
1992, 1996

Medals Received:
bronze

Olympic Info:
At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Smadja competed for the Israeli judo team and won the bronze medal in the 70-kg weight class. He was only the second Israeli to ever win a medal; judoka Yael Arad captured the nation's first medal the day before in the women's competition.

Smadja then returned to the Olympics in 1996 (Atlanta). Despite suffering a serious knee injury 10 days before the opening of the Games, Smadja still competed, although he did not medal.

Career Highlights:
Smadja won the silver medal at the 1995 World Championships, and placed third at the 1994 European Championships.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. June 20, 1970

Origin:
Beer Sheva, Israel



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References:
Great Jews in Sports by Robert Slater (New York: Jonathan David Publishers, 2000)


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