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Amartuvshin Dashdavaa makes his point at GP Ulaanbaatar
1 Jul 2016 20:10
Mongolian Former world silver medallist and top seed Dashdavaa Amartuvshin was the best of his country’s four judoka in the U60kg division as he saw off Nasanjargal Ser-Od (MGL) in the final.
Nasanjargal, who was making his first appearance on the IJF World Judo Tour since 2014, was caught after two minutes with a ko-soto-gake for ippon after the pair became entangled and it was Dashdavaa – who was overlooked for Rio 2016 – who sent a message to the hosts' Association by powering to gold.
In the first semi-final Dashdavaa beat former Buenos Aires Pan American Open bronze medallist Albert Mongush (RUS) on shido penalties 1:2 in a scoreless contest. In the second semi-final Prague European Open bronze medallist Ganbaatar Battulga (MGL) fell to Nasanjargal who was unstoppable in his pursuit of his first IJF World Judo Tour final. The latter led with a yuko from a drop seoi-nage and added a waza-ari as he booked an all-Mongolian U60kg final.
The first bronze medal was won by 28-year-old IJF World Judo Tour debutant Dagvadorj Bayarmagnai (MGL) who beat teammate Ganbaatar. Dagvadorj countered his opponent for a waza-ari score and absorbed a bold modified kata-guruma from Ganbaatar to win his first IJF medal and will earn international assignments in the future after passing this home test. The second bronze medal went to 20-year-old Grand Prix debutant Davud Mammadsoy (AZE) who inflicted a second defeat for beaten semi-finalist Mongush. Mammadsoy led with a yuko after 27 seconds and added a second before Mongush replied with a waza-ari from an ouchi-gari. Mongush captured the arm of his opponent and put on the juji-gatame for what seemed like an eternity – especially for the Azeri - but he defiantly held out and refused to submit. The Russian was penalised for passivity before Mammadsoy added a waza-ari with 31 seconds left by rolling his opponent over and a closing yuko from Mongush was not enough to influence the outcome.
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