In the final of the men’s U100kg at Brasilia’s Grand Slam Kentaro Iida (WRL 15) had the measure of Rafael Buzacarini (BRA-WRL-22) as the Japanese youngster impressed his coach and legendary champion Inoue Kosei. The 21-year-old, who has often been dubbed the ‘new Inoue’, has a devastating uchi-mata just like this mentor but it was his morote-seoi-nage which earned his second Grand Slam gold medal with 64 seconds remaining on the clock.
In the first semi-final number one seed Ramadan Darwish (EGY) was below-par against Buzacarini as the home judoka profited from three errors by the Egyptian judoka. Darwish was disqualified after picking up three yellow cards while the Brazilian had an unblemished record in a scoreless contest.
In the second semi-final Iida saw off five-time world medallist Kirill Denisov (RUS) after just 53 seconds with a ken-ken uchi-mata for ippon.
The first bronze medal was won by Denisov who sent Cancun Grand Prix winner Niiaz Bilalov (RUS) flying over for ippon with a picturesque throw at the halfway point of the contest.
The second bronze medal went to former Ekaterinburg Grand Slam winner Cirjenics Miklos (HUN) as top seed Darwish could not compete due to injury.