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Yeldos Smetov overclasses the field in Antalya

5 Apr 2019 18:35

 Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation
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Olympic silver medallist and former world champion Yeldos Smetov of Kazakhstan lived up to his top seed billing as he claimed his fifth Grand Prix gold medal. The world number six opened the scoring with a waza-ari from a ko-uchi-gari before pinning down his rival with a sankaku-gatame for his second and match-winning waza-ari score.

Kazakh hero Smetov secured his first Grand Prix gold since Hohhot 2018, the first Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification event.

In the first semi-final Smetov saw off double European Championships bronze medallist Ashley Mckenzie (GBR) by two waza-ari scores without reply. In the second semi-final 2017 Cadet World Championships gold medallist Mihrac Akkus (TUR) fell to Nurillaev (UZB) from a tani-otoshi.

The first bronze medal was won by 18-year-old Akkus who launched London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Felipe Kitadai (BRA) in 14 seconds by ippon from a modified kata-guruma.

The second bronze medal went to Mckenzie who defeated Marrakech Grand Prix silver medallist Artem Lesiuk (UKR) by a waza-ari score from a trademark tai-otoshi.

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  • Yeldos Smetov (KAZ) - Grand Slam Ekaterinburg (2019, RUS) - © Mongolian JudoHeroes
  • Yeldos Smetov (KAZ), Kemran Nurillaev (UZB), Mihrac Akkus (TUR), Ashley McKenzie (GBR) - Grand Prix Antalya (2019, TUR) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation
  • Yeldos Smetov (KAZ) - Grand Prix Antalya (2019, TUR) - © IJF Robin Willingham, International Judo Federation

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