Israel’s Kratysh scales podium in Baku

Ilana Kratysh claimed Israel’s first medal at the European Games on Monday, winning a second-place silver in the women’s 69-kilogram freestyle wrestling competition in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The 24-year-old, who missed much of the past year with a cruciate ligament knee injury, defeated London 2012 Olympic champion and former European champion, Natalia Vorobeva of Russia, in the semifinals, but couldn’t get the better of Alina Stadnik Makhynia of Ukraine in the final, losing 3-1.

Kratysh, who also won the silver medal at the European Championships in each of the previous two years, will receive a NIS 28,000 bonus from the Olympic Committee of Israel, with the wrestling events in Baku also acting as this year’s European Championships.


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