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Varlam Liparteliani retains Masters crown
16 Dec 2018 14:05
Olympic and world silver medallist Varlam Liparteliani of Georgia successfully defended his Masters title as he typically led the way for Georgia. World bronze medallist Lkhagvasuren Otgonbaatar (MGL) was unable to contest the final due to an injury and so the world number one was awarded the win to extend his lead at the summit of the weight category.
In the first semi-final Liparteliani dominated The Hague Grand Prix winner Peter Paltchik (ISR) as he scored twice to close in on a successful title defence. In the second semi-final Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Ramadan Darwish (EGY) was thrown by Lkhagvasuren with a ippon-seoi-nage in golden score for a match-winning waza-ari.
The first bronze medal was won by Darwish who beat Osaka Grand Slam bronze medallist Jorge Fonseca (POR) in golden score. Portuguese powerhouse Fonseca was penalised for dropping and received his marching orders having accumulated three penalties to hand the coveted medal to his Egyptian opponent.
The second bronze medal went to Osaka Grand Slam bronze medallist Iida Kentaro (JPN) who saw off Paltchik after 70 seconds of additional time. Iida broke the balance of his opponent with his favoured uchi-mata and finished with an osoto-gari to win by a waza-ari score.
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