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Lasha Shavdatuashvili back in the lead for Olympics

14 May 2016 13:55

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Lasha Shavdatuashvili won the gold medal at the Grand Prix of Almaty and the Georgian Olympic Champion of 2012 is back in the race for the Olympic Games. He was never away but it was Tatalashvili who led the dance, not anymore after today when Shavdatuashvili sealed gold after he defeated Czech sensation Jaromir Jezek in the final.

After more than three minutes in the final without a score, but just two penalties, it was Shavdatuashvili who caught Jezek for an armlock when Jezek was in a defense mode with his arm out. Still a great performance by Jezek who overall had a great day. It may bring him a continental quota place, where obviously gold would have brought him much more.

Three minutes in the bronze match Nugzari Tatalashvili won the match with just a yuko, but it was enough for the victory against Frenchman Pierre Duprat, despite the three penalties Tatalashvili received, he just wanted to secure his bronze medal, and so he did.

Ten seconds for the end Khamza caught Sainjargal with a sutemi and scored yuko, the oseikomi in fact didn’t matter but added a wazari for the papers, with a smile he let go Sainjargal and took the bronze.

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