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Tasty fights in Cuba's judo Grand Prix

23 Jan 2016 10:20

   IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
20151205_Tokyo_81_STEVENS, Travis (USA) - WANG, Ki Chun (KOR)1

The IJF Grand Prix in Havana shows a tasty outlook with some catchy fights in the pre-rounds. One of the best fights on paper is between two experienced fighters from the PanAm Region.

Fan favourite Travis Stevens (USA) has endured an injury-plagued qualification campaign which can also be said of Brazilian great Leandro Guilheiro (BRA). Stevens returned from a knee injury at the Tokyo Grand Slam, one of the toughest events in the sport, and showed his battling ability to finish fifth. The 2004 and 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Guilheiro is desperate for a career swansong at Rio 2016 which would be his fourth Olympics. Guilheiro won the World Military Championships in October in his best result since his 2015 return to action.

Both judoka have first round byes and will meet in Pool D in their fourth and most crucial career meeting. Guilheiro leads their head-to-head 2-1.

In this category U81kg Russian Khasan Khalmurzaev leads the dance as highest seeded athlete. He will meet directly with Antonio Ciano. Paris Grand Slam winner Shaxzod Sobirov is in the same pool battling with Uuganbaatar Otgonbaatar.

German Alexander Wieczerzak leads pool B which seems to be a doable pool with chances for the German and perhaps Roman Moustopoulos if he’s in a good shape. Pool C shows Sven Maresch back on track fighting Joachim Bottieau, the winner in Dusseldorf one year ago.

Pool D is the one with Stevens and Guilheiro, however the top seed is for Sirazhudin Magomedov, the Russian technician and double European champion. Marko Bubanja starts for the first time for Montenegro in this tough pool where the teen has to fight 31 year old Argentine Emmanuel Lucenti who was seventh at the 2012 Olympic Games where Travis Stevens was fifth.

Seeded judoka U81kg

1. KHALMURZAEV Khasan (RUS, WRL8): Grand Slam Baku 2015: 1. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Almaty 2013: 1. place
2. MARESCH Sven (GER, WRL11): Grand Slam Moscow 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Moscow 2011: 1. place
3. MAGOMEDOV Sirazhudin (RUS, WRL12): Grand Prix Qingdao 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2014: 1. place, Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2015: 3. place
4. WIECZERZAK Alexander (GER, WRL13): Grand Slam Tyumen 2015: 3. place, Grand Slam Tokyo 2014: 3. place, Grand Prix Samsun 2014: 2. place
5. MOUSTOPOULOS Roman (GRE, WRL14): Grand Prix Tashkent 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Jeju 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Budapest 2015: 3. place
6. STEVENS Travis (USA, WRL15): Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2014: 1. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2013: 1. place, Grand Prix Dusseldorf 2011: 1. place
7. CSOKNYAI Laszlo (HUN, WRL17): Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2015: 3. place, Grand Prix Zagreb 2015: 2. place, Grand Prix Tashkent 2015: 3. place
8. OTGONBAATAR Uuganbaatar (MGL, WRL22): Grand Slam Paris 2015: 3. place, World Championships Rio de Janeiro 2013: 5. place, Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar 2013: 2. place

The category U81kg is scheduled on Saturday. Follow it live.

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  • Leandro Guilheiro (BRA) - Olympic Games London (2012, GBR) - © Mario Krvavac
  • Sven Maresch (GER), Khasan Khalmurzaev (RUS) - ECC Golden League men Vienna (2015, AUT) - © Christian Fidler
  • Alexander Wieczerzak (GER) - Grand Slam Paris (2015, FRA) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation

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