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Amiran Papinashvili claims sixth World Tour victory
29 Sep 2017 18:55
Georgian lightweight hero Amiran Papinashvili, who was top seeded in the category, won the Grand Prix in Zagreb in his category U60kg. Papinashvili qualified for the final where he was opposed by the second favourite of the day, European Champion Robert Mshvidobadze of Russia. The Georgian confirmed his position by winning with sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi for ippon.
The first bronze medal match pitched Mehman Sadigov of Azerbaijan and the second Russian athlete of the category, Albert Oguzov, against one another. The first strong attack came after less than a minute when Oguzov applied a left handed tai-otoshi, but to no avail. A few seconds later, Oguzov chose the right side to apply a drop seoi-nage, Sadigov landing flat on his back for a clear ippon.
Turkey secured a place on the podium by qualifying both athletes in the second bronze medal contest: Ahmet Sahin Kaba (TUR) and Bekir Ozlu (TUR). Kaba scored the first waza-ari with an almost perfect ko-uchi-gari. But Ozlu evened the score with a counterattack a few seconds later. It was finally with a massive attack on the rear leg, which started as a o-soto-gari but transformed into a harai-goshi, that Ozlu scored ippon to step on the podium.
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