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Saidov one size too tall for Sherrington

8 Jun 2014 20:45

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Renat Saidov (RUS) outgunned surprise package Chris Sherrington (GBR) in the last contest of the first Havana Grand Prix. Former Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Sherrington, who will represent Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in July, defeated European silver medallist and top seed Adam Okruashvili (GEO) in his opening bout to make a statement of his intent in Havana.

Man-mountain SAIDOV looked strong as he floored the British judoka with ashi-waza and Russia’s immovable object added a yuko which went unanswered by SHERRINGTON. 
In the first semi-final Royal Marine SHERRINGTON erased the gold medal hopes of Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Levani MATIASHVILI (GEO) who elected to tap out to a forceful kami-shiho-gatame with six seconds remaining. At the same stage of the competition SAIDOV had the measure of former European bronze medallist Barna BOR (HUN) as he bested the Hungarian by ippon after just 23 seconds.
The first bronze medal went to BOR as top seed Adam OKRUASHVILI (GEO) was unable to fight after breaking a rib in the preliminaries. The second bronze medal was won by Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Oscar BRAYSON (CUB) in 24 seconds by ippon as MATIASHVILI rushed in and was caught with ashi-waza to delight the home crowd.

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  • Renat Saidov (RUS) - Grand Prix Havana (2014, CUB) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
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