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Joachim Bottieau does the impossible in Düsseldorf

20 Feb 2016 19:20

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    Klaus Müller / Watch:
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Belgian judoka Joachim Bottieau won the Grand Prix in Dusseldorf for the second year in a row as he denied home player Sven Maresch in the U81kg final. Bottieau saves his best judo for Dusseldorf and while he looks into the reasons for that pattern the German crowd and Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Maresch had to settle for silver in the last contest of day two.

Maresch has never won his home Grand Prix and was left frustrated at the final hurdle as he was in 2014. Bottieau scored a waza-ari with a reaching osoto-otoshi with 57 seconds remaining and Maresch kept fighting for a route back but a tired tai-otoshi effort was shut down and the Belgian was again triumphant in Germany.  

In the first semi-final Bottieau defeated Sofia European Open winner Giorgi Papunashvili (GEO) by a yuko score to secure his second successive Dusseldorf Grand Prix final while in the second semi-final Paris Grand Slam silver medallist Ivaylo Ivanov of Bulgaria was beaten by Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Sven Maresch with a last-gasp drop seoi-nage.

The first bronze medal was won by Ivanov who continues to excel on the IJF World Judo Tour. The Bulgarian burst onto the IJF stage by winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in October and followed up with bronze at the Qingdao Grand Prix before starting 2016 with silver at the Paris Grand Slam. World number 10 Ivanov defeated fellow Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Otgonbaatar Uuganbaatar (MGL) on shido penalties 0:2 and is on the verge of breaking into the top eight in the world. The second bronze medal was won by home judoka Dominic Ressel who defeated Papunashvili in a reverse of January’s Sofia European Open final. Ressel claimed his first Grand Prix medal by fighting back from being a waza-ari down to levelling the scoreboard and then holding down the Georgian for 13 seconds for a yuko to take the lead. The German did not stop there as he countered Papunashvili with a ura-nage for a match-winning waza-ari with 63 seconds left.

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