(1981 - )
Gal Yekoutiel was born on November 4, 1981, in Jerusalem.
Gal is a promising judoka who has recently risen to
prominence on the world circuit in the under-60 kilograms class.
In 2003, he won the grand prix tournament in Tallinn,
Estonia and was ranked 9th in the world. In 2004, he came in third in
both the Czech and Georgian grand prix events. Gal also won the Israeli
National Championship in his weight class in 2004.
Despite a struggle to obtain the Olympic criteria,
Yekoutiel was marked to contend for the top spots in the Athens Games.
“On a given day, I can get any result,” Yekoutiel said.
Gal lost his chance of winning a medal in the 2004
Athens Olympics after losing his round of 32 match on August 14. The
Israeli beat Lithuanian Albert Techov in the preliminaries. Yekoutiel
knew his rival well from the European circuit and took charge from the
very start. He charged and received a Waza-ari within seconds of the
start of the contest. 1:20 from the end of the contest, Yekoutiel scored
a Koka and proceeded to win the match. In his second match, in the round
of 32, Gal faced the relatively unknown American, Taraje Williams-Murray.
Unfortunately the Israeli was given only 15 minutes between contests
and seemed sluggish and out of focus throughout. The American was awarded
a Yuko after 15 seconds and continued to outmaneuver Gal. With 2:02
on the clock, Williams-Murray made an elementary charge and Yekoutiel
failed to adjust. Williams-Murray won an Ippon as the Israeli lost the
match. Gal failed to qualify for the consolation round, as it depended
on Williams-Murray's results, and he proceeded to lose.
Sources: Jews In