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Mammadali Mehdiyev takes gold for Azerbaijan in Tashkent
11 Nov 2018 17:50
The first final of the day opposed the Hungarian and top seeded athlete, Toth Krisztian, who had to go to the golden score in the semi-final Mikail Ozerler (TUR), to qualify for the last match. But slightly injured during the preliminary rounds, Toth did not compete in the final and the victory went to Mammadali Mehdiyev (AZE).
Still looking for a first medal at a Grand Prix, Frazer Chamberlain (GBR) qualified for the first bronze medal contest against the 2013 world bronze medalist Ivan Vorobev (RUS). After only a few seconds, both athletes showed their full power, but were incapable of launching a proper attack and they were penalized with shidos. Half way to the end, Chamberlain was penalized a second time for passivity as he seemed totally blocked by the strong kumikata of his opponent. But it was with an action on the edge of the fighting area, that the British was the most dangerous with a ko-soto-gari but for no score. With 34 seconds left on the scoreboard, he was penalized a third time synonymous of disqualification and the bronze went to Ivan Vorobev.
The 2017 World Junior bronze medallist, Eduard Trippel (GER) was opposed to Mikail Ozerler (TUR), who had no record of any medal for Turkey so far, but was the World silver medallist for Slovenia in 2017. The first dangerous situation came from Ozerler with a ko-uchi-gari but for no score. But then the Turkish was penalized for blocking his opponent. As they were entering the last minute, Ozerler launched another powerful attack (koshi-guruma) but for no score. It was time for golden score. After 25 seconds, Ozerler launched a o-uchi-gari which was blocked and countered by Trippel with a ko-soto-gari for ippon and a first medal at a Grand Prix for the German.
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