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Russias Alan Khubetsov earns gold

10 May 2014 18:15

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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Reigning Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Alan Khubetsov (RUS) reigned in the -81kg category as he conquered Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Ushangi Margiani (GEO) in the final. The contest featured two of the brightest talents in the category and they are slowly making their way up the pecking order in their national ranks and establishing themselves at this level. In front of the watching Russian General Team Manager Ezio Gamba, his charge Khubetsov, 20, was able to squeeze out Margiani, 20, by a yuko – the only score of the contest – as both judoka finished the contest with three shido penalties.

In the first semi-final Olympic bronze medallist Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN) was beaten by Khubetsov who scored a waza-ari in the final 30 seconds to seal a place in the gold medal contest. In the second semi-final Margiani blocked the passage of Qingdao Grand Prix bronze medallist Arsen PSHMAKHOV (RUS) to deny an all-Russian final in a physical onslaught where neither judoka backed down. PSHMAKHOV received shido penalties for a false attack and passivity while his opponent only received one shido for passivity as the dup could only be separated on penalties after five minutes of committed action.
The first bronze medal was won by Junior world championships bronze medallist Mammadali MEHDIYEV (AZE) as PSHMAKHOV ran out of ideas after his tactics failed to impose himself in the contest. PSHMAKHOV received three shido penalties as he kept his leg between those of his opponent and offered little in an attacking capacity. MEHDIYEV was penalised twice as he tried to protect his advantage but held on to please the capacity crowd. The second bronze medal was captured by VALOIS-FORTIER who outlasted Abu Dhabi Grand Prix bronze medallist Yakhyo IMAMOV (UZB) in a tense contest that was settled by penalties. IMAMOV infringed for a fourth and final time for passivity, one more indiscretion than his rival, to receive hansoku-make.  

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  • Alan Khubetsov (RUS), Ushangi Margiani (GEO), Mammadali Mehdiyev (AZE), Antoine Valois-Fortier (CAN) - Grand Slam Baku (2014, AZE) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
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