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Daily Preview day 2 D-Day for Abe and Abe
20 Sep 2018 22:30
Many fans look forward to the second day of the World Championships in Baku. With Hifumi Abe in action, fans see one of their ultimate idols on the tatami. Great aspect is that also his sister Uta Abe will go for the unique sibling world title event. Both Uta as Hifumi have serious chances. Uta is World Junior Champion, Hifumi can prolong his title.
The style they both can reach goes beyond the dreams. However there are a few hurdles to take on Friday.
Abe can expect a serious opposition from the two Israeli participants, Tal Flicker and Baruch Shmailov. They are in Pool A and B, similar to Takato and Nagayama on day 1.
Abe is in a pool with Zantaraia and perhaps we can motivate the Ukraine stylist proving the fans with World Championships stats of Zantaraia. He won the world title in 2009, took silver in 2010 and won bronze in 2011, 2013 and 2014, one slip in 2015 in the second round and a fifth place last year in Budapest when he started as European Champion. Still Abe is by far the favourite in a field of 75 actors. Vazha Margvelashvili is perhaps not in shape, but definitely a dangerous contender. An Baul is perhaps the biggest enemy for the gold medal. The Korean is in a good shape and defeated Abe at the Asian Games.
Sister Uta Abe has a good draw and is poised to survive it until the semi final. There she might meet with Amandine Buchard, currently the world number one ranked U52kg. Park da Sol and Odette Giuffrida seemed the ones who will battle for a quarter final place.
On the other side Natalia Kuziutina is Russia’s biggest medal hope in the women’s division. But she is in the pool with World Champion Ai Shishime, she has it all to win it again although we haven’t seen her a lot this year. Erika Miranda and Charline van Snick will likely fight for a semi final position but in this category a mistake is easily made. Normally pool C is strong than pool D.
Again a good outlook for Asia in the battle against Europe and Pan America.
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