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Tagir Khaibulaev returns with gold at judo Grand Prix Ulaanbaatar
6 Jul 2014 17:10
Tagir Khaibulaev had a great return in judo and was awarded as best male judoka of the event. The Russian Olympic Champion won gold U100kg at the Grand Prix of Ulaanbaatar.
The semi final between Khaibulaev and Dimitri Peters GER (bronze) was a repeat of the 2012 Olympic semi final in London and the outcome was an ippon for the Russian. “I was not at my best today, perhaps only 60%”, said Khaibulaev. In the final it was the turn of Karl-Richard Frey GER (silver) to see if he could upset the Olympic champion. But it was not to be and Khainulaev threw Frey with a strong eri-seoi-nage for ippon. “I was pleased with my performance today particularly because I have been out for so long. I genuinely did not expect to perform as well as I did and for that reason I can leave here happy”, said Khaibulaev.
Russia’s 29-year-old Olympic champion Tagir Khaibulaev (RUS) came back in the IJF World Judo Tour with a breathtaking reminder of his quality. The Russian ace, who was last seen in 2013 taking silver at the Buenos Aires Pan American Open, defeated Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Karl-Richard Frey (GER) with a drop seoi-nage to secure his fifth ippon from five fights as Khaibulaev punched the air in celebration.
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