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Sergiu Toma captures second home victory for UAE

23 Nov 2013 14:55

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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The first final of the day opposed Sergiu Toma (UAE) and Sven Maresch (GER). After only 15 seconds, Toma, strongly supported by the public, engaged a first sumi-gaeshi for waza-ari. The UAE fighter then perfectly controlled the rest of the final to bring a second gold medal to the host country after yesterday's victory in U73kg category.

In the first bronze medal fight between Sirazhudin Magomedov (RUS) and Tom Reed (GBR), the Russian athlete quickly took the advantage with a superb uchi-mata but with Reed landing on his side, the throw was only awarded for waza-ari. A few seconds later Magomedov scored again, on the edge of the competition area, o-soto-gari for ippon this time.

The second bronze medal went to Yakhyo Imamov (UZB), who defeated Amir Ghasemi Nejad (IRI) after a very tight fight, the only difference being made by one penalty against the Iranian competitor. Sergiu Toma being the top seeded athlete of the category, he didn't disappoint his home crowd and qualified for the final, after two victories by ippon and one by yuko. In the final he was opposed to the German Sven Maresh, who concluded his preliminary rounds with a ko-uchi-gari against Tom Reed (GBR) for ippon, only eight seconds before the end of the semi-final.

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  • Sergiu Toma (UAE) - Grand Prix Abu Dhabi (2013, UAE) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Sergiu Toma (UAE), Sven Maresch (GER), Yakhyo Imamov (UZB), Sirazhudin Magomedov (RUS) - Grand Prix Abu Dhabi (2013, UAE) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
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