The men’s category U66 in Baku was a version of the squid game. Attention everyone: the Georgian and number two in the world, Vazha Margvelashvili fell in his first contest at the hands of the Japanese Aida Yuji, who disappeared shortly after because of the Ukrainian Yevhen Honcharko, who was eliminated by the Azeri Orkhan Safarov, who in turn was faced in the final by the smartest in the neighborhood, the Moldovan Denis Vieru.
Vieru is a true judo magician. His main problem is inconsistency. Capable of the best as well as the worst, in Baku he delivered the good part of a magnificent repertoire until the last contest. Safarov produced an impressive osoto-gake and won at home, his fourth gold medal in a grand slam.
“I am very happy to win a medal at home; it makes this gold more special. I dedicate this medal to our country’s heroes. Today is our victory.” The -66kg competition was delightfully chaotic because what seemed logical, just never was.