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The triple for Varlam Liparteliani and 8th consecutive European medal
23 Apr 2016 17:25
Georgian superstar Varlam Liparteliani captured the European title in Kazan. In the final he bested Toth Krisztian after two minutes. Varlam Liparteliani finished his match in style with a superb makikomi techinique, a blistering score for the Georgian who takes his third European title and eight consecutive European medal since 2009, that’s a quality.
Liparteliani knocked out Quedjau Nhabali in the quarter final and bested Piot Kuczera of Poland in the semi final. Also Alexandre Iddir of France and Toth Krisztian of Hungary were expected in the semis, but Iddir injured himself in his match against Aleksandr Kukolj of Serbia. Toth had a freebee to the final but couldn’t stunt this time. Toth had beaten Lipi in 2014 in Chelyabinsk at the World Championships quarter final. Both athletes were the numbers one and two in the seeding, so no surprises there.
The bronze was for Marcus Nyman who didn’t have to fight the injured Frenchman Alexandre Iddir. Iddir reached the semi final but picked up an injury against Aleksandr Kukolj in the quarter final and couldn’t fight Toth Krisztian either. The second bronze was for Piotr Kuczera of Poland who bested Aleksandr Kukolj of Serbia. The talented Polish fighter who was the sensation in this category after he knocked out Ilias Iliadis and defeated Marcus Nyman in the quarter final.
In the last minute of his fight against Aleksandr Kukolj Kuczera scored a wazari and could proceed with oseikomi, while in the same match he was in oseikomi himself but escaped in time. A great effort by Kuczera who is the first man of Poland since four years who won a European medal. In this category U90kg Poland never had a medallist at all.
This Olympic cycle European Champions
2016 Varlam Liparteliani (GEO)
2015 Kirill Denisov (RUS)
2014 Varlam Liparteliani (GEO)
2013 Kirill Denisov (RUS)
2012 Varlam Liparteliani (GEO)
Short Profile Varlam Liparteliani
Georgian judoka Varlam Liparteliani is one of the most best stylists in judo. He is triple European Champion in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and won 8 consecutive European medals. He was World silver medallist in 2013 and won bronze in 2014. Liparteliani was World and European Junior Champion. He also World and European titles with the Georgian team. In 2015 he regained his title at the Grand Slam in Paris.
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