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Sagi Muki lurks at the world title
11 May 2019 20:20
Sagi Muki of Israel has positioned himself as a major contender for World Championships glory this summer after earning his fourth Grand Slam gold medal in Baku. Ekaterinburg Grand Slam winner Muki won his third gold medal of the season with a calculated victory over Marrakech Grand Prix gold medallist Ivaylo Ivanov (BUL).
The spectacular thrower from Israel delivered once again as he launched his Bulgarian rival with a huge hip throw for ippon in golden score.
In the first semi-final Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Tato Grigalashvili (GEO) lost out to Ivanov after three minutes of golden score from a tai-otoshi. In the second semi-final MUKI edged out Düsseldorf Grand Slam bronze medallist Matthias Casse (BEL) by a waza-ari in golden score.
The first bronze medal was won by Casse after Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Alan Khubetsov (RUS) was dismissed. Casse outlasted his Russian rival in golden score as the world number 11 was penalised for passivity for the third time and was disqualified.
The second bronze medal went to Grigalashvili who defeated Marrakech Grand Prix bronze medallist Alexios Ntanatsidis (GRE) with a trademark ura-nage for ippon with one minute left on the clock.
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