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With Mikhail Pulyaev Russia is safe
26 Nov 2015 14:10
Russian World silver medallist Mikhail Pulyaev defeated 21-year-old IJF World Judo Tour debutant Fujisaka Taroh of Japan in the U66kg final as he ensured that his team improved on last week’s Qingdao Grand Prix where they left empty-handed.
A yuko for the Russian was the difference as seasoned campaigner Pulyaev was made to work by the Japanese newcomer who had won his four previous contests by ippon.
In the first semi-final Pulyaev saw off Glasgow European Open bronze medallist Fabio Basile (ITA) with a yuko in the final 40 seconds as he pulled away from his game opponent in the closing stretch. In the second semi-final former world silver medallist Azamat Mukanov (KAZ) was downed by Fujisaka after just 51 seconds as the Kazakh fighter was forced to tap out to shime-waza.
The first bronze medal was won by Golan Pollack (ISR) by wazari-awasette-ippon against Mukanov and the Israeli was joined by his teammate Tal Flicker (ISR) on the podium as he beat losing semi-finalist Basile who was penalised with a shido for going out which settled the scoreless contest.
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