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Lukas Krpalek narrowly escapes in U100kg final against Reyes
1 Dec 2013 15:05
Czech World number three and European champion Lukas Krpalek narrowly defeated Junior World Championships gold medallist Kyle Reyes from Canada in an engrossing U100kg final. Krpalek, who had been penalised twice for passivity, scored a yuko with a minute remaining from a sumi-gaeshi. Canadian starlet Reyes, who lives and trains in Japan, was determined to improve on his fifth place from the 2012 Tokyo Grand Slam and will be pleased with his battling performance which earned him a richly-deserved silver medal.
Krpalek sealed a place in the final by outlasting Swedish Abu Dhabi Grand Prix silver medallist Martin Pacek. They traded shido penalties throughout the five minute contest and it finished with two against Krpalek and three against Pacek. In the second semi-final Reyes come of age against former world champion Maxim Rakov as the 20-year-old scored a yuko with 29 seconds remaining with an uchi-mata to separate the rivals at the end of the contest.
The first bronze medal was won by 2008 Olympic champion Naidan Tuvshinbayar (MGL) who inflicted a second straight defeat for Rakov. With a minute left and no scores registered NAIDAN showed his experience with an opportunistic counter as he felt that the Kazakhstan judoka was off balance from an uchi-mata attempt and powered him backwards with his upper body strength for a waza-ari. The second medal was won by World Judo Masters bronze medallist Cyrille Maret (FRA) who produced a workman like display to defeat losing-semi-finalist Pacek. Frenchman Maret broke the deadlock with a waza-ari score from a harai-makikomi which was downgraded from an ippon but ultimately settled the contest after five minutes of action.
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