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.
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
Beer Sheva, Israel
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