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Victor Penalber satisfied with video referee snatching the gold from Khubetsov
1 Apr 2017 17:05
The final U81kg at the Grand Prix in Tbilisi was announced to be explosive between the 2015 World bronze medallist, Victor Penalber of Brazil and the four-time Grand Slam medallist Alan Khubetsov of Russia. With a superb sode-tsuri-komi-goshi awarded with a ippon the Russian believed that he had won.
The control of Khubetsov was clearly under the belt and therefore he received a shido which cumulated with the two penalties he already had.
But the video was perfectly clear: to conclude his movement, Khubetsov grabbed Penalber’s trousers below the belt. Without that help, the throw would not have been possible and therefore the ippon was converted into a shido. But as the Russian was already penalised two times, this third shido became a hansokumake and victory for Penalber who could step off the mat with a big smile, knowing that he was closer to the silver medal a few seconds earlier.
After one minute in the first bronze medal match Owen Livesey (GBR) and Saeid Mollaei (IRI) were still running after a first score. One minute later, only one shido was put on Livesey for stepping outside of the competition area and a few seconds later a second penalty was awarded to the British. After the four minutes of regular time, the decision would have to be made in the golden score. When Owen Livesey engaged a kata-guruma technique, Mollaei simply blocked him and concluded with an arm action awarded with a waza-ari.
The second bronze medal match saw Aziz Kalkamanuly (KAZ) and Denis Kalinin (RUS) stepping on the mat for a medal. Both athletes seemed to be able to neutralise themselves until Kalkamanuly dropped on his knees for a very low morote-seoi-nage. Kalinin blocked the attack for one or two seconds, before the Kazakh literally jumped back up to turn Kalinin for a beautiful ippon.
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