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Khasan Khalmurzaev returns in the IJF World Tour Ekaterinburg
18 May 2017 10:10
Russian 2016 Olympic champion Khasan Khalmurzaev returns in the IJF World Tour. At the Grand Slam in Ekaterinburg Khalmurzaev will get in action. Almost three weeks after his winning comeback in Sarajevo at the European Cup Khalmurzaev faces a new challenge.
Khalmurzaev stepped back into action last weekend at the Sarajevo European Cup with a routine win against four opponents. The 23-year-old, who is undefeated on the international stage since November 2015 – a winning-streak of 24 consecutive contests – has not appeared on the IJF circuit since January 2016 when he won the Havana Grand Prix. The former European champion will wear his gold backpatch in Russia for the first time in a perfectly timed return to IJF action ahead of a tilt at winning his first World Championships in August.
The Grand Slam in Russia was previously held in Moscow and Tyumen (last 3 years) and will now have the city of Ekaterinburg as host.
Khasan Khalmurzaev of Russia won the Olympic title in Rio in 2016 in the final against Travis Stevens. In 2016 he became European Champion and won the Grand Prix of Havana. The twinbrother of Khusen won the Universiade title in 2015 and was European Junior Champion in 2011 and won two medals at European U23 Championships. Khasan was World U17 Champion in Budapest in 2009 U73kg. At this comeback he won the European Cup in Sarajevo in 2017.
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