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Dex Elmont new World ranking leader after Abu Dhabi victory
1 Nov 2014 16:05
Dex Elmont took a gold medal at the Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi. In the final of the men’s -73kg Elmont opposed Musa Mogushkov of Russia. Due to an injury, Mogushkov couldn’t compete and the victory went to Dex Elmont.
The first bronze medal fight of the category opposed Nicholas Delpopolo (USA) and Rok Draksic (SLO). After a tough fight who seemed controlled by the American, Draksic benefited of Delpopolo's last approximative attack to counter-attack for waza-ari. Draksic just had to control until the end to step on the podium.
The second bronze medal fight opposed the Baku Grand Slam, bronze medallist, Rustam ORUJOV (AZE), and the world silver medallist from Chelyabinsk this summer, HONG Kuk Hyon (PRK). The fight started with a penalty distribution for passivity or not respecting the limits of the fighting area, just before HONG scored a first waza-ari with a shoulder movement. Just before the last minute, ORUJOV produced his effort to score waza-ari and to take the lead with the penalty difference. The Azeri athlete finally secured his bronze medal by scoring ippon thirty seconds before the final gong with a massive counter-attack on o-soto-gari.
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