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Heavyweight glory for Russia’s Tamerlan Bashaev
17 Mar 2019 16:30
Tamerlan Bashaev of Russia struck Grand Slam gold for the first time in his career by defeating Olympic bronze medallist Or Sasson (ISR) in the closing seconds of their +100kg final. World Judo Masters bronze medallist Bashaev dropped under his Israeli rival with his trademark seoi-nage for a waza-ari score with four seconds left on the clock to end the tournament on a high for the hosts.
In the first semi-final Tel Aviv Grand Prix bronze medallist Anton Krivobokov (RUS) lost out against Bashaev by ippon from a ko-uchi-gake. In the second semi-final Sasson beat World Judo Masters bronze medallist David Moura (BRA) by ippon to move into the heavyweight final.
The first bronze medal was won by Moura who launched Düsseldorf Grand Slam bronze medallist Stephan Hegyi (AUT) with an uchi-mata for ippon after two minutes. The second bronze medal went to double Olympic bronze medallist Rafael Silva (BRA) who floored Krivobokov with an o-soto-gari for ippon.
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