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Moustopoulos experiences great day in Tashkent

17 Oct 2014 15:25

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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At the final U81 at the Grand Prix of Tashkent the crowd had a good reason to cheer for Yakhyo Imamov who was opposed to Greek Roman Moustopoulos. If the scenario was not the one expected by the audience, it was an incredible turn of events.

Moustopoulos scored the first waza-ari, imitated shortly later by Imamov with a superb sasae-tsuri-comi-ashi, but Uzbek athlete was probably not attentive enough and the Greek immediately took the opportunity to immobilize him for ippon and for gold.

 

Once again the sound level raised in the venue, when Shaxzod Sobirov (UZB) entered the field of play against Carlos Luz (POR) for the first bronze medal fight of the men’s -81kg category. After lest than a minute of kumikata (gripping) fight, Shaxzod Sobirov engaged a left handed tai-otoshi movement for a superb ippon. The public literally exploded with joy, while Sobirov raised his arms in victory. The second bronze medal fight opposed Ivan Vorobev (RUS) and Uuganbaatar Otgonbaatar (MGL). After 1 minute and thirty seconds, Vorobev was menalized a first time for passivity, giving a very little advantage to the Mongolian. On minute later, at the limit of the fighting area, Otgonbaatar applied an irresistible action/reaction technic (tani-otoshi) 

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  • Vedat Albayrak (TUR), Yakhyo Imamov (UZB), Shakhzodbek Sabirov (UZB), Uuganbaatar Otgonbaatar (MGL) - Grand Prix Tashkent (2014, UZB) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Yakhyo Imamov (UZB) - Grand Prix Tashkent (2014, UZB) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
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