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Tohar Butbul achieves career first with well-timed gold in Zagreb
28 Jul 2019 01:05
Israelian Tohar Butbul earned his first IJF World Judo Tour gold medal by beating Osaka Grand Slam silver medallist Arthur Margelidon (CAN) in the U73kg final of the Grand Prix in Zagreb. The world number 11 and Baku Grand Slam silver medallist threw with a seoi-otoshi with 35 seconds left to grace the highest spot on the IJF podium for the first time to strengthen his bid for success at the World Championships in four weeks-time.
In the first semi-final Margelidon downed The Hague Grand Prix winner Musa Mogushkov (RUS) by a waza-ari score while in the second semi-final Butbul blasted his way past Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Denis Iartcev (RUS) by ippon.
The first bronze medal was won by Iartcev who controlled Osaka Grand Slam bronze medallist Tatsukawa Arata (JPN) down to the tatami as he countered an o-uchi-gari for ippon.
The second bronze medal went to Mogushkov who threw Tel Aviv Grand Prix bronze medallist Artem Khomula (UKR) with ashi-waza and then te-waza for two waza-ari scores without reply to claim his ninth Grand Prix medal.
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