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Kazakh ace Yeldos Smetov rules in Budapest
12 Jul 2019 19:05
The 2015 world champion defeated the 2014 world champion in the U60kg final of the Grand Prix in Budapest as Yeldos Smetov (KAZ) beat Ganbat Boldbaatar (MGL). Smetov offered more with a higher workrate and pressed Ganbat who was second best throughout the final. Kazakhstan claimed their first gold when Smetov threw with a seoi-nage in the closing seconds for ippon.
In the first semi-final Smetov proved too strong for Ekaterinburg Grand Slam bronze medallist Tornike Tsjkadoea (NED) who was penalised three times and was disqualified. In the second semi-final Marrakech Grand Prix winner Sharafuddin Lutfillaev (UZB) fell to Ganbat by a waza-ari score.
The first bronze medal was won by Hohhot Grand Prix silver medallist Yang Yung Wei (TPE) who caught Lutfillaev off guard in ne-waza as the 21-year-old from Chinese Taipei forced the world-class Uzbek to submit while trapped in a sankaku-gatame hold.
The second bronze medal went to Tsjkadoea who beat world number eight Francisco Garrigos (ESP) by two waza-ari scores without reply as the Dutchman claimed his third Grand Prix medal.
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