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Georgian Varlam Liparteliani leaves Havana with gold

8 Jun 2014 19:45

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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World number one and world runner-up Varlam Liparteliani (GEO) emerged victorious in the -90kg final with a dominant display against double Olympic medallist Tiago Camilo (BRA). Camilo, who took silver in Sydney 2008 and bronze in Beijing 2008, was returning from a shoulder injury sustained at the 2013 World Judo Masters in Tyumen.

LIPARTELIANI, who started the final by being penalised with a shido for an overly defensive grip, then rolled CAMILO who failed with an uchi-mata attack to score waza-ari. The Georgian underlined his status as the man to beat at -90kg by adding a second waza-ari with a ko-soto-gake.  
In the first semi-final LIPARTELIANI won an intriguing all-Georgian contest against Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Beka GVINIASHVILI (GEO). LIPARTELIANI narrowly defeated his 18-year-old teammate with a yuko as GVINIASHVILI offered a rough assignment. In the second semi-final CAMILO defeated European bronze medallist Christophe LAMBERT by ippon after two minutes of action.
The first bronze medal was won by European silver medallist Kirill VOPROSOV (RUS) who threw LAMBERT with a drop seoi-nage after 80 seconds for ippon. The second bronze medal was captured by Junior world champion GVINIASHVILI who countered a ura-nage attempt from Rijeka Grand Prix bronze medallist Ciril GROSSKLAUS (SUI) to catch him with a ko-uchi-gari for ippon with 14 seconds left.
Cuba’s Olympic silver medallist Asley GONZALEZ (CUB) was denied the chance to compete in the Grand Prix before his fans and compatriots as he was ruled out by a shoulder injury. 
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