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Guram Tushishvili finds gold in Tashkent again
22 Sep 2019 19:40
What a great way to finish the Tashkent Grand Prix 2019 edition on the match between the 2018 World Champion, Guram Tushishvili, who remained on the disappointment of a missed 2019 World Championship campaign, and Bekmurod Oltiboev (UZB) supported by the whole public? After a little over 1 minute and despite the pressure put by Oltiboev, the Georgian had already taken the advantage of a waza-ari.
A crowd totally crazy, a public chanting to support their protégé, and the latter found hidden resources to score, a waza-ari on both side. During the next cycle, on actions that could go at any time from one side or the other, Tushishvili performed a complete rotation to annihilate the last golden hopes of Oltiboev, marking ippon on a sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi. Tushishvili finds gold in Tashkent again.
In spite of the total support of the public acquired to the cause of Alisher Yusupov (UZB), it is Stephan Hegyi (AUT) who won the bronze medal while immobilizing his opponent.
In the second contest for the bronze medal Temur Rakhimov (TJK) faced Yakiv Khammo (UKR). After scoring a waza-ari with a left-handed ippon-seoi-nage, the Ukrainian controlled the rest of the match to get on the podium of a Grand Prix for the sixth time.
New faces have appeared on the podiums, a youth that grows stronger and stronger and dreams of taking the reins of world judo in the near future. The road is still long, however, until the next Tokyo 2020 Games. There are still many events and lots of points to distribute for the world ranking. The next meeting of the World Judo Tour will be in Brasilia, Brazil from October 6th to 8th.
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