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Top judo favourite Shohei Ono in pool of death U73kg
Top judo favourite Shohei Ono in pool of death U73kg
22 Jul 2021 13:30
Paco Lozano / Judo y Otros

The men’s tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will start with some spectacular opening matches. More-over it is interesting where the non-seeded players are in the brackets and which opponents they will get. Double Olympic Champion Shohei Ono fighting U73kg at day 3 may encounter Rustam Orujov, the number one seed. Both were in the 2016 Olympic Games final.

At the first day for the men U60kg Robert Mshvidobadze (ROC) will meet either Amartuvshin Dashdavaa (MGL) or Tornike Tsjakadoea in his first contest. Japan’s favourite Naohisa Takato will fight Moritz Plafky (GER) or Jorre Verstraeten (BEL) which could easily be a quarter final match. 2019 World Champion Lukhumi Chkhvimiani (GEO) may fight this year’s world bronze medallists Karamat Huseynov (AZE) in his first contest.

At the second day where gold medal favourites U66kg Manuel Lombardo and Hifumi Abe are separated in the draw, we will see some tough matches such as Orkhan Safarov (AZE) vs Yerlan Serikhzanov (KAZ) and Alberto Gaitero (ESP) and Georgii Zantaraia (UKR). A pool with Vazha Margvelashvili (GEO) and Russian Yakub Shamilov and Israelian Baruch Shmailov will be great to watch.

Rustam Orujov of Azerbaijan is in a sort of pool of death at day three of the Olympic Judo Tournament. He will face Russian outsider Musa Mogushkov in the first round. In that same pool Shohei Ono will likely qualify for the quarter final. Former World Champion from Korea An Chang-Rim and Olympic U66kg champion Fabio Basile will battle in their first contest. The winner seems favourite to make it to the quarter final U73kg.

The competitive category U81kg will experience some awesome pre-round fights such as Vedat Alvayrak (TUR) against the unseeded Takanori Nagase of Japan. Despite countless great contests, this is the highlight first round match in this super category in judo.

One of the top fights U90kgs will be between Serbian Nemanja Majdov and German Eduard Trippel. Most of the battles in this division were nicely distributed but this one is going to be another great clash. Trippel won the last of three headh2head matches.

Number one seed Varlam Liparteliani seems to have a good draw U100kg. Double World Champion Jorge Fonseca will once more meet with Toma Nikiforov from Belgium, or perhaps Brazil’s Buzacarini. Lukas Krpalek (CZE) was the 2016 Olympic Champion in this class, he is this time fighting +100kg and is in a tough pool with Frey (GER) and perhaps Henk Grol (NED).

The unseeded Teddy Riner will battle with Stephan Hegyi in his first contest and then draw against 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Or Sasson (ISR). They are in the same pool with Tamerlan Bashaev of Russia who is on great form. Japan’s number one Hisayoshi Harasawa will face Kim MinJong, a talented Korean contender.

On the last day twelve countries will battle in the mixed team event.