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Paskevicius creates last surprise of the Samsun Grand Prix

30 Mar 2014 19:10

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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The final opposed the favorite Adam Okruashvili (GEO) and Marius Paskevicius (LTU). The bout slowly started and it looked like the decision would not be decided by penalties when Paskevicius launched a beautiful uchi-mata for ippon.

Winner of last week’s Grand Prix in his home country, Adam OKRUASHVILI (GEO), was again on the run today in Samsun. Looking a little tired, he nevertheless produced an incredible effort to defeat his opponent with brilliant movements. In the first round he defeated Bilal ZOUANI (ALG), then Yerzhan SHYNKEYEV (KAZ) and Andre BREITBARTH (GER) in the semifinal. Islam EL SHEHABY (EGY), who used to be among the top best athletes of the category, tried a come-back but could not go through the first round. He was surprised by the tactics of Bilal ZOUANI and was penalized four times for a disqualification. In the second half of the draw, Marius PASKEVICIUS (LTU) showed the most potential to win a medal and that is what he did by entering the final against OKRUASHVILI, after having defeated Vladut SIMIONESCU (ROU), Daniel ALLERSTORFER (AUT) and the giant Renat SAIDOV (RUS) in semifinal.
The first bronze medal fight of the day opposed Levani MATIASHVILI (GEO) and Renat SAIDOV (RUS), but with the Russian being injured, the medal went to Georgia and to Levani MATIASHVILI.
In the second bronze medal contest, it took Stanislav BONDARENKO (UKR) a little more than 30 seconds to throw Andre BREITBARTH (GER) on his back with force, speed and control for ippon (tani-otoshi).
The next IJF World Judo Tour competition will be the Judo Grand Slam, Baku 2014, which will be held from May 9-11 in Azerbaijan. The Olympic qualification period for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will start after the Baku Grand Slam.

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  • Marius Paskevicius (LTU) - Grand Prix Samsun (2014, TUR) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Marius Paskevicius (LTU), Adam Okruashvili (GEO), Stanislav Bondarenko (UKR), Levani Matiashvili (GEO) - Grand Prix Samsun (2014, TUR) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
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