Athletics: Block, 20, gives Israel kickboxing gold at Worlds

Israel’s Nili Block claimed a gold medal at the Kickboxing World Championships held on Saturday in Belgrade, Serbia.

The 20-year-old, who only ended her IDF service three months ago, beat Croatian Marija Malenica in the final of the women’s K1 under-60-kilogram competition. Block overcame six-time world champion Alena Muratava of Belarus in the semifinals.

Israel sent 11 representatives to the world championships, including four women. Block – who has also represented Israel in flag football – was the only Israeli to win a medal in the event.


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