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Preview World Championships U60kg
23 Aug 2015 12:25
The draw for the World Championships for men U60kg delivered some great matches in the first rounds on Monday. Especially Russian favourite Beslan Mudranov has to deal with the talented Diyorbek Urozboev of Uzbekistan in pool D.
Urozboev is one of the two strong Uzbekistan judoka, his countryman Sharafuddin Lutfillaev was seeded and placed in Pool B with Choi In-Hyuk (KOR) as strong opponent and Simon Yacoub (PLE) who may surprise like he did in Dusseldorf this year.
The top of this half is led by world champion Ganbat Boldbaatar who likely go head2head with Bekir Ozlu, the former Georgian Olympian Betkil Shukvani.
Olympic bronze medallist felipe Kitadai was not seeded, but so far no meaningful threat for Brazil’s hope on day 1 in this men’s category.
Pool C Korean Kim Won-Jin will fight Yandry Torres (CUB) while also strong Mongolian Tsendochir is close in that block. He has to beat Swiss outsider Ludovic Chammartin first. In the quarter final Shishime Toru might follow as seeded player for Japan.
Brazil is with two lightweights on Monday, just like the women U48kg, Eric Takabatake is close to Francisco Garrigos who will have to battle with good old Lupo Paischer, a young and old clash you simply don’t want to miss.
The World Ranking list is your favourite list and the earlier mentioned fighters, but the dark horses can as well be be Urozboev of he can beat Mudranov after losing twice, but he’s grown. Yeldos Smetov who has the home advantage.
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