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Inal Tasoev is big in Japan

24 Nov 2019 18:30

 Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation

Russian heavyweight Inal Tasoev was the last man standing in the men’s heavyweight category as he beat former Ekaterinburg Grand Slam winner Ota Hyoga (JPN) for Grand Slam gold. The 21-year-old Brasilia Grand Slam bronze medallist is one of the best young heavyweights in the sport and recorded the best result of his burgeoning career by beating the Japanese youngster on home soil with a waza-ari score and can now expect to be installed as his country’s front-runner for Tokyo 2020 selection.

In the first semi-final Tasoev brushed aside Grand Slam debutant Kagawa Daigo (JPN) with ease while in the second semi-final Ota defeated Kodokan Cup winner Kumashiro Yusuke (JPN) after the latter was disqualified after picking up three shidos.

The first bronze medal was won by two-time Grand Prix winner Kageura Kokoro (JPN) who defeated Kumashiro with a big finish after three minutes of golden score.

The second bronze medal went to world number 56 Alisher Yusupov (UZB) who sensationally countered a o-uchi-gari from Kagawa with a ura-nage for ippon. The 20-year-old Uzbek, who was coached by Uzbekistan’s new head coach Ilias Iliadis earlier in the day, made his new coach proud with a thunderous score to register his first Grand Slam medal and his country’s second medal on the last day in Osaka.

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  • Inal Tasoev (RUS) - Grand Slam Osaka (2019, JPN) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation
  • Inal Tasoev (RUS), Hyoga Ota (JPN), Kokoro Kageura (JPN), Alisher Yusupov (UZB) - Grand Slam Osaka (2019, JPN) - © IJF Marina Mayorova, International Judo Federation
  • Inal Tasoev (RUS), Hyoga Ota (JPN) - Grand Slam Osaka (2019, JPN) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation

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