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Ivan Silva Morales completes Grand Prix treble
Ivan Silva Morales completes Grand Prix treble
31 Mar 2019 16:10
Mark Pickering - IJF
IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation

Cuban World silver medallist Ivan Felipe Silva Morales clinched his third Grand Prix gold medal as he bested 2018 Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist Giorgi Papunashvili (GEO) in the -90kg final. The unfortunate Papunashvili finished second for the second year in a row as he noticeably tired in golden score while Silva Morales still looked fresh and pushed the pace.

The Cuban star wrapped his left leg around his Georgian adversary on the edge of the area for a waza-ari score to win gold.

In the first semi-final Papunashvili beat Ekaterinburg Grand Slam silver medallist Beka Gviniashvili (GEO) after the former -100kg judoka bridged and therefore ippon was awarded. In the second semi-final Silva Morales defeated world number 110 and former Tashkent Grand Prix winner Davlat Bobonov (UZB) by ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by Asian Games silver medallist Gantulga Altanbagana (MGL) who squeezed past Bobonov by a waza-ari score from a uchi-mata-sukashi in the opening contest of the final block.

The second bronze medal went to Gviniashvili who defeated 2017 world champion Nemanja Majdov (SRB) after 62 seconds of golden score. Battling Serbian Majdov went into golden score in all five of his contests and won four of them before meeting his match in Georgia’s home star. Gviniashvili threw with a sasae-tsurikomi-ashi for a waza-ari score and his immensely disappointed opponent was quick to pay tribute to his rival as both men shared a shared a smile and the former raised the hand up of his opponent to a standing ovation from the Georgian faithful.

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