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World number one Nikoloz Sherazadishvili hits top form
9 Oct 2019 09:00
At the Grand Slam of Brasilia former world champion Nikoloz Sherazadishvili of Spain defeated former world silver medallist Ivan Felipe Silva Morales of Cuba in a rematch of the 2018 Worlds final. The Spaniard extended his winning record over the Cuban to 3-1 with a trademark uchi-mata which was worth a waza-ari score which separated the rivals after four minutes of compelling action.
In the first semi-final Sherazadishvili pinned down Tashkent Grand Prix winner Marcus Nyman (SWE) and the exhausted Swede elected to tap out immediately.
In the second semi-final Silva Morales forced European Games winner Mikail Ozerler (TUR) to tap out while under immense pressure from a holddown.
The first bronze medal was won by Ozerler after 26 seconds of golden score. World number 26 Nicholas Mungai (ITA) failed to impose himself and was penalised for a false attack after 26 seconds of golden score as Turkey doubled their medal tally in Brasilia.
The second bronze medal went to world bronze medallist Nemanja Majdov (SRB) after Nyman stepped out of the area for a third time and was disqualified. World number six Majdov is hitting his stride now at a crucial time in the Olympic qualification period and there’s still a lot more to come from the young Serbian judoka. The podium consisted of the finallists of the 2017 and 2018 World Championships.
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