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Victorious Denis Vieru steals the show in Baku
10 May 2019 22:50
Paris Grand Slam winner Denis Vieru of Moldova won his second Grand Slam title of the season as he defeated Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Nijat Shikhalizada (AZE). Vieru, 23, planted the veteran Azeri, 31, for ippon to propel himself even higher on the World Ranking List next week. Shikhalizada had to settle for silver while Moldova’s golden man won his third IJF event of the season from four outings.
In the first semi-final 2017 Baku Grand Slam silver medallist Mukhriddin Tilovov (UZB) was dismissed after picking up his third shido for passivity against Vieru. In the second semi-final Shikhalizada saw off Düsseldorf Grand Slam bronze medallist Yondonperenlei Baskhuu (MGL) by a waza-ari score to guarantee the hosts’ first medal in Baku.
The first bronze medal was won by Yondonperenlei who countered Warsaw European Open silver medallist Ibrahim Aliyev (AZE) who was off balance to win by ippon with 24 seconds left on the clock. The second bronze medal went to Tel Aviv Grand Prix silver medallist Bogdan Iadov (UKR) who floored Tilovov with an o-soto-gari for a waza-ari score at the halfway point and held firm for a place on the podium.
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