Ariel Ze'evi in 2012
|Competitor for Israel|
|2004 Athens||100 kg|
|2001 Munich||Open kg|
|2001 Paris||100 kg|
|2003 Düsseldorf||100 kg|
|2004 Bucharest||100 kg|
|2012 Chelyabinsk||100 kg|
|2005 Rotterdam||100 kg|
|1999 Bratislava||100 kg|
|2007 Belgrade||100 kg|
|2008 Lisbon||100 kg|
|2010 Vienna||100 kg|
Ze'evi, a dan 6 black belt in Judo, has had a long and successful career competing in half-heavyweight Judo competitions. He is an Olympic bronze medal finalist in the 2004 Summer Olympics Judo 100 kg class in Athens. His current coach is Alex Ahskenazy.
While growing up, he trained in the local Judo club in his neighborhood, together with his older brother, Roni, who was also the club's first local gold medal pioneer after having finished first in the national Israeli Judo Championships. Ze'evi, heavily influenced by his brother and his accomplishment, began training intensively, and at the age of 14 won his first national competition in the adult class, becoming the country's youngest champion ever. Despite the lack of advanced training facilities, Ze'evi continued training in his local club and steadily closed the gap to world class level, and began competing abroad.
He also hosted a sports television show for the Israeli Broadcasting Authority.
Ze'evi placed 5th competing for Israel at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the men's 100 kg division, before winning the bronze medal representing Israel at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens in the men's 100 kg division.
Representing Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he failed to win a medal after losing his second match in the repechage bracket. Ze'evi told the Israeli media he does not want to end his career without a victory (probably hinting at the Judo World Championships in 2009).
According to the International Judo Federation's World Ranking List, as of April 2012, Zeevi was ranked # 8.
Became the champion of Europe for the fourth time in 2012, winning the competition in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
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- Judoka Arik Ze'evi earns Israel its first medal at Games at the Wayback Machine (archived March 10, 2008) Haaretz,19 August 2004
- Judo / Ze'evi begins physical therapy but will miss championships Haaretz, 22 August 2007
- Videos of Ariel Zeevi (judovision.org)
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