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Alan Khubetsov stuns with gold medal in Tbilisi in tough category
21 Mar 2015 19:30
Astana Grand Prix winner Alan KHUBETSOV (RUS) won the last contest on day two against Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Ushangi MARGIANI (GEO). KHUBETSOV, 21, won his second Grand Prix title as the crowd and MARGIANI alike were frustrated in a contest which saw both men cancel each other out. The top spot on the medal podium went to the Russian as his opponent was given a single shido despite the crowd’s best efforts to urge him on.
In the first semi-final MARGIANI defeated Qingdao Grand Prix winner Sirazhudin MAGOMEDOV (RUS) in a nail-biting bout to determine the first -81kg finalist. The Georgian youngster countered a ko-uchi-gari to score with a ko-soto-gake for ippon. The second semi-final was won by KHUBETSOV who stopped the run of Giorgi PAPUNASHVILI (GEO) by wazari-awasette-ippon.
The first bronze medal was won by world number 33 NYAMSUREN Dagvasuren (MGL) who stopped the hosts from earning one more medal as Giorgi PAPUNASHVILI (GEO) slipped to defeat. NYAMSUREN won by way of shido penalties to match his Jeju Grand Prix result while a fifth-place for PAPUNASHVILI was still the best result of his career. The second bronze medal was captured by MAGOMEDOV who threw Qingdao Grand Prix silver medallist Antonio CIANO (ITA) with an uchi-mata for a yuko and then countered that same technique for a second yuko.
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