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Toth Krisztian pleases home crowd with Hungarian gold medal

26 Jun 2016 22:35

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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Hungarian 2014 world silver medallist Toth Krisztian thrilled the home fans as he made sure that the Hungarian anthem would be heard at the Papp László Sportaréna in Budapest. Toth, 22, warmed up for his first Olympic Games, where he will be one of the top seeds, with a powerful display which ended with a decisive win over World Judo Masters bronze medallist Mihael Zgank of Slovenia in the final.

For his age and experience, Toth shows exemplary matside etiquette, and his immense respect for his opponents and the sport was apparent all day long including in the final when he helped a beaten ZGANK to his feet and shared a sincere conversation with the Slovenian who was beaten by two waza-ari scores.

The first bronze medal was won by 2015 Budapest Grand Prix winner Celio Dias (POR) who defeated 2015 Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Li Kochman (ISR). Dias, who was verbally urged on by teammate Telma Monteiro from the stands, threw for an opening waza-ari score and held down a hapless Kochman for 15 seconds to guarantee a second consecutive appearance on the Budapest Grand Prix medal podium. The second bronze medal was captured by European Games winner Kirill Denisov (RUS) against former junior ace Max Stewart (GBR) who was fighting in a Grand Prix at his new weight of U90kg for the first time. Denisov showed his class as he brushed aside the Briton who put in a tremendous effort and should finally come to the fore in the next Olympic cycle. Russia’s Olympic pick at -90kg Denisov threw for the maximum score in the second minute to bolster his country’s medal collection on day two in Budapest.

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