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Lukas Krpalek prolongs European title in Montpellier

26 Apr 2014 17:55

   Stanislaw Michalowski
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The final of the European Championships U100kg was won by Czech Lukas Krpalek who controlled Elmar Gasimov of Azerbaijan on the ground and prolonged his title of 2013. In Montpellier Krpalek showed to have grown at all levels. Both athletes are candidates to shine later at the World Championships in Chelyabinsk.

Defending champion Lukas Krpalek defeated Cyrille Maret in the semi final. Despite a small injury in his shoulder he was able to stand the pressure from the home player in Montpellier. Krpalek advanced through the final via Cirjenics (HUN) and Bloshenko and took gold via Maret and Gasimov.

Gasimov is the coming man from Azerbaijan who defeated Russian Adlan Bisultanov in the semis by shido. In 2012 he won the bronze medal, this time Bisultanov grabbed the bronze in his last bout against Toma Nikiforov where he won in 14 seconds. He is a tremendous talent and can make the road tough for Olympic Champion Tagir Khaibulaev.

The second bronze was for Frenchman Maret who defeated Germany's coming man Karl-Richard Frey. Frey bested the other Azeri, 2013 World Champion Elkhan Mammadov.

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  • Lukas Krpálek (CZE) - European Championships Montpellier (2014, FRA) - © Stanislaw Michalowski
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