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Record number of participants at Grand Prix Tashkent
19 Sep 2019 17:40
After the World Championships in Tokyo the IJF World Tour continues at full force with a record number of participants in Tashkent that hosts 423 athletes from 71 nations. Never before the number of athletes was so big. The previous record was set in 2015, in the previous pre-Olympic year with 354 including 199 men. This week 423 athletes with 232 men and 191 women will fight in Tashkent.
The number of 191 is bigger than the number of men in 42 previous Grand Prix event and only the Grand Prix in Zagreb, Budapest and Düsseldorf ever hosted more women than Tashkent this week.
The distribution among the 14 weight categories is nicely balanced and varies from 17-39 athletes. The category U90kg hosts the 39 men. The women’s divisions U48kg and U63kg division host 33 athletes. Only Düsseldorf and Budapest had more than 33 athletes once. This year only the Grand Slam of Paris had more than 33 women U48kg. With athletes from all five continents the Tashkent Grand Prix will try to get the same distribution of gold medals as in 2017 where twelve different nations won the gold medal. The record of the maximum 14 different countries was achieved this year in Antalya.
World silver medallist Sharafuddin Lutfillaev is the athlete with the most medals won in Tashkent, but this rival Urozboev can now equal the four medals of Luttfillaev if he reaches the podium, but so far he had never won the gold medal, which is tomorrow challenge. Only in 2015 both rivals jointly stood on the podium.
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