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European Games show great judo matches U90kg
27 Jun 2015 14:50
The third day of the European Games did gave the spectacular judo we were hoping for. The men’s U90kg category delivered fine judo with world class actors. In the end Varlam Liparteliani (GEO) and Kirill Denisov (RUS) were qualified for the finals. That’s a repetition of the 2013 European final.
Ilias Iliadis lost against Denisov in the quarter final but gets another chance for bronze against Beka Gviniashvili who got destroyed by the technician Liparteliani.
Krisztian Toth of Hungary who lost against Denisov will face Dutchman Guillaume Elmont for the second bronze.
The category U100kg saw a few surprises. First of all both Azeri fighters were defeated, not even a chance for bronze. Both Mammadov as Gasimov lost and the team announced not to compete on Sunday in the men’s team event.
German Karl Richard Frey lost twice and finished seventh and his countrymen and rival Dimitri Peters almost did the same after a loss against Henk Grol, but he came back in the repechage and fights for bronze.
Grol himself was lucky in his first match against Benjamin Fletcher, but won afterall deserved in the golden score. That gave him the chance to beat Peters and to grow into the tournament. He defeated Portuguese hotshot Jorge Fonseca and reached the final against Lukas Krpalek. He was expected and is the current European and World Champion.
Cyrille Maret fights Dimi Peters and Fonseca fights Toma Nikiforov.
In the men’s O100kg it is Adam Okruashvili of Georgia who will fight against Or Sasson if Israel, another chance for Israel. The tall Sasson defeated Horak, Natea, Meyer, and Saidov, that’s quite a list.
Okruashvili overcame Sarnacki, his compatriot Matiashvili and the tall Paskevicius, so he knows how to deal with taller judoka, he is used to it. Both can take their first European title.
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