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Ganbat Boldbaatar late show earns victory at home

4 Jul 2014 17:05

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
20140704_Ulaanbaatar_GANBAT, Boldbaatar (MGL)

World number four Ganbat Boldbaatar (MGL) defeated Havana Grand Prix runner-up Eric Takabatake (BRA) to clinch -60kg gold on Friday. Paris Grand Slam winner Ganbat left it late as he powered forward with 18 seconds left to catch the Brazilian with a ko-uchi-gari after unsettling him by teasing an ippon seoi-nage effort.

In the first semi-final TAKABATAKE sealed a place in the final by defeating Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Ludovic CHAMMARTIN (SUI) by a single waza-ari. In the second semi-final GANBAT made quick work of 23-year-old rank outsider Ehsan BAHRAMIAN KHAYAT (IRI). The Mongolian scored waza-ari and held down his opponent for 15 seconds to earn wazari-awasette-ippon in just 40 seconds.
 
The first bronze medal was claimed by former Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist KAWABATA Ryo (JPN) who saw off world number 247 BAHRAMIAN KHAYAT. KAWABATA scored a waza-ari with an ippon seoi-nage before his opponent received hansoku-make for a leg grab only 90 seconds into the contest. The second bronze medal went to 22-year-old Dusseldorf Grand Prix winner SHISHIME Toru (JPN) who ensured he matched the result of his teammate KAWABATA by defeating CHAMMARTIN. The Swiss fighter struggled to assert himself while SHISHIME was composed throughout and more than happy to settle for a win on shido penalties after his opponent was penalised for a third and final time for going out of the area.   

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