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Vazha Margvelashvili gives Georgia second title in Abu Dhabi

28 Oct 2018 13:05

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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Georgian Vazha Margvelashvili won his first Grand Slam gold medal to guide Georgia to top spot in the medal table. World number four and Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Margvelashvili defeated world silver medallist Yerlan Serikzhanov (KAZ) with a late show in golden score. The Georgian threw his Kazakh opponent after 13 seconds of additional time with a seoi-otoshi to win gold in Abu Dhabi.

In the first semi-final Margvelashvili defeated Ekaterinburg Grand Slam silver medallist Yakub Shamilov (RUS) by ippon after 32 seconds of golden score. In the second semi-final Serikzhanov defeated Madrid European Open bronze medallist Alberto Gaitero Martin (ESP) by ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by European Championships bronze medallist Dzmitry Shershan (BLR) who dismissed Gaitero Martin by ippon. Belarus judoka Shershan prevailed after a mammoth period of golden score which lasted for four minutes and 46 seconds until a clear winner was determined. 

The second bronze medal went to World Judo Masters bronze medallist Baruch Shmailov (ISR) who defeated Shamilov with a modified kata-guruma in golden score.

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  • Vazha Margvelashvili (GEO), Yerlan Serikzhanov (KAZ) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi (2018, UAE) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
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