Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Double gold for Azerbaijan by Shikhalizada and Mushkiyev
20 Nov 2015 15:40
The final of the Grand Prix of Qingdao U66kg was decided in one minute when World number two Davaadorj made one mistake against Azeri Nijat Shikhalizada. It confirmed the beauty of judo at the highest level where any mistake is dealt with by the opponent.
For the first time on day one, the last male final opposed the two top seeded athletes of the category as world number two, Davaadorj Tumurkhuleg (MGL), winner of the last Paris Grand Slam, faced world number seven Nijat Shikhalizada (AZE), winner of the Baku Grand Slam, earlier this year.
With an aerial ura-nage (counterattack), Shikhalizada didn’t give a single chance to Davaadorj to top again the medal podium.
The first bronze medal fight opposed world number 26, Elio Verde (ITA) and world number 12 and winner of the Düsseldorf Grand Prix this season, Takaichi Kengo (JPN). The Japanese fighter led by a yuko until the last seconds of the combat as Verde was totally controlled by his younger rival, who finally held down Verde for ippon.
The second Italian of the category, who so far was much less known than his compatriot Verde, Matteo Piras, was also in contention for a place on the podium. Opposed to the Korean Kim Limhwan, he was unfortunate as well and lost on the same score, the only difference being that this time it was with a counterattack for ippon.
Since the first edition of the GP Qingdao in 2009 Russia won four times, in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. Suddenly Azerbaijan has two gold medals it happened for the last time at 21 March 2014 in Samsun, by Shikhalizada and Safarov.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
Paris Grand Slam winner Denis Vieru of Moldova won his second Grand Slam title of the season as he defeated Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Nijat Shikhalizada (AZE). Vieru, 23, planted the veteran Azeri, 31, for ippon to propel himself even higher on the World Ranking List next week. Shikhalizada had to settle for silver while Moldova’s golden man won his third IJF event of the season from four outings. Read more
At the first day of the Grand Slam in Baku the Spanish team battles for the gold in a surprising category U48kg. Although Julia Figueroa dominates the class for years, new kids on the block have arrived and this time Laura Martinez Abelenda reached the final where she will battle for gold against Figueroa. Abelenda who was always so close to a medal at various age levels, now breaks through the barriers with a victory over Catarina Costa of Portugal. Read more
Adrian Gomboc showed he is back on track with a gold medal at the Grand Prix in Tashkent. He takes precious points and in Uzbekistan he defeated Uzbek home player Sardor Nurillaev against the number five of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and this year's European Champion. After a minute of observation, the first strong attack came from Nurillaev, with a drop-seoi-nage, which made the public immediately react, but for no score. Read more
The U66kg division is a huge one with many players in each pool. With 75 judoka the field is amazing. Only Paris 2011 had more (artificial) participants. It’s a quality field with the top players. But the absolute eyecatcher is Hifumi Abe of Japan. Read more
This weekend the Bundesliga final for men will take place in Leipzig. Among the participants many international stars fighting for the four clubs who qualified for the final stage. After some exciting preliminary rounds in the north and south of Germany and a quarter-final with mostly clear results, the best four teams are now looking forward to the final in Leipzig. Read more
Andrija Milenkovic (SRB)