At 25 years old, the Israeli Sagi Muki is more then ever on his way to Tokyo. Born May 17th, 1992 in Netanya, he made himself known to the world by finishing 3rd of the U20 European Championships in 2011.
In 2014, he won his first two IJF World Tour tournaments, the Baku Grand Slam and the Havana Grand-Prix. The following year, he distinguished himself in Paris and Abu Dhabi, where he ranked 3rd but it’s in Baku that he will shine again. Sagi Muki (5 ft 10 ; 161 lbs) won the first European Games in history and, as such, became the -73 kg European champion by beating the defending champion, Dutchman Dex Elmont, in quarter final, and then, by infliction an Ippon in 28 seconds to Georgian Tatalashvili in the final.
In 2016, he ranked fifth at the Masters before representing his country at the Rio Olympic Games where he reached the semi-finals. He lost to Azerbaijan’s Orujov before being dominated by the 2012 Olympic champion (-66 kg), Georgian Lasha Shavdatuashvili, his new partner in the adidas team.
For this Olympiad that leads to Tokyo, Sagi Muki has set himself a new challenge : winning in the -81 kg division, which he started doing in Tashkent in early October 2017, where he won the tournament, his third success and his 11th podium on the World Tour.