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Ryunosuke Otake takes fourth cadet gold for Japan
27 Sep 2019 15:05
Japan was strong on day three of the Cadet World Championships with two gold medals and a leading position on the medal table in Almaty. Both Japanese boys and girls are strong but they are followed by some of the European top countries. On the podium U81kg it was not different, strong Asian countries in the lead followed by two European countries.
The last final of the day definitely marked the resurgence of Japanese judoka after a progressive start, and also the abundance of shido. With a silver and a bronze medal the first day, two golds the second and two golds and a silver the third day, Japan has reached its cruising speed and presented in society the wealth of its bench. Otake Ryunosuke was measured in the U81kg final with Ukraine Tymur Valieiev. The crowd was expecting a lot from that contest between two men who arrived fresh and had showed interesting moves during the day. It was indeed a really intense opposition, but the Ukrainian paid his mistakes and lost by accumulating three shidos.
The organizing country also caught a medal on the third day. Aidar Arapov won the bronze after defeating Ukraine Nikita Batii, eliminated with three shidos.
Finally, Russia Ikhvan Edilsultanov compensated his defeat in the semifinals with a bronze medal. The favorite in the category defeated Croatia Miljan Radulj, adding the fourth competition medal for Russia.
The Cadet World Champions U81kg usually become U90kg judoka like Beka Gviniashvili, Louis Krieber-Gagnon and Falk Petersilka. How long will it take before we see Otake in the IJF World Tour, usually about 4 years. The next goal is get a grip on the junior World Tour.
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