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Alexandru Raicu surprises all expectations with gold medal
19 Feb 2021 20:45
Romanian Alexandru Raicu was the surprise guest of the category; the Romanian has not obtained any medals on the circuit previously, so gold today, after an explosive final with dynamic young Italian Giovanni Esposito (cadet world champion in 2015 and already a silver medalist in Tel Aviv last year), was an unexpected treat.
The local public had high expectations for the performance of Tohar Butbul (ISR), the tournament's number one seed at U73kg. However, the Israeli, after a thunderous start, lost in the quarter-finals against the future champion, Alexandru Raicu (ROU).
Disappointed not to reach the final, Tohar Butbul tried to console himself with an effort to gain the bronze medal, but former Olympic champion Lasha Shavdatuashvili (GEO) was standing in front of him. The challenge wasn’t enough though and Butbul took the win on penalties.
Shavdatuashvili's compatriot, Nugzari Tatalashvili (GEO), found himself in the second match for a bronze medal, against a regular on the international podia, Tommy Macias of Sweden. This time it was a Georgian victory.
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