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Uzbek Shakhram Akhadov wins after 7 minutes of Golden Score

19 Jan 2018 18:05

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation
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The second final of the men's divisions, opposed Fujisaka Taroh (JPN) and Shakhram Akhadov (UZB). After a little more than a minute, Akhadov was penalized with a shido for passivity and received a second penalty within the regular time but with no score the two competitors entered the golden score.

After three minutes, they were still both very active, the Japanese with aerial uchi-mata, and the Uzbek with left-handed drop-seoi-nage, but none of them was capable of scoring. After four minutes and ten seconds Fujisaka thought he had won as the first waza-ari was announced but it was cancelled by the jury. This is only after 7:08 of golden score that finally, after dozens of attempts, Akhadov could score a waza-ari with a drop-reversed-seoi-nage and could win his first Grand Prix gold medal.

The first bronze medal contest opposed Aram Grigoryan (RUS) and Mohamed Abdelmawgoud (EGY). As GRIGORYAN scored a first waza-ari with a o-goshi technique, Abdelmawgoud came back also with a waza-ari, before the Russian launched a quick perfectly executed drop-seoi-nage for ippon.

In the second bronze medal contest the second Russian, Isa Isaev was opposed to the Kazakh Yerlan Serikzhanov. In less than two minutes, four penalities, two for Isaev and two for Serikzhanov had been given. This the time Serikzhanov chose to take advantage of one of the new rules to launch his strongest attack for ippon. After a session on the floor, both athletes stood up. Before it would have been a 'matte' called by the referee but from now on, the bout can continue and for sure Serikzhanov was aware of this important change in the rules.

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