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Khasan Khalmurzaev regains leading role U81kg
30 Dec 2017 15:05
Last April Khasan Khalmurzaev made his comeback after he had won the Olympic title in 2016 he took some time off. He won the European Cup in Sarajevo but his real comeback was the Grand Slam in Ekaterinburg with gold.
In December he won the IJF World Masters, in St. Petersburg and in a direct contest with Frank de Wit he eliminated the current World Ranking leader. The Dutchman showed a strong progression again in 2017 but against Khalmurzaev it was the Russian who regained the World Ranking and 50,000 USD. In 2016 he gave away his Olympic bonus to judo in his own region, it’s not about the money.
With his brother they scare off many opponents. Khasan was World U17 Champion in Budapest in 2009 U73kg and wanted the senior world title 8 years later in the category where there has been such a competition with Nifontov, Magomedov and Khubetsov. But he achieved to capture the greatest victory in Rio. In Budapest he lost to Alexander Wieczerzak who was a major surprise. It kept the value of judo where anything can happen.
This year the IJF World Ranking was led by Nagase, Ivanov, Khubetsov, De Wit and Khalmurzaev, where previously Tchrikishvili dominated the rankings. Likely it is Khalmurzaev who will cement his leading role in the next months.
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