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Charles Chibana gives Brazil medal hope for Rio
12 Jul 2014 15:50
Brazilian World leader Charles Chibana proved he is the top man in the U66kg category with a month to go the World Championships as he defeated every challenger in Tyumen. The highly-popular Brazilian produced one of the must-see moments of the opening day as he lifted Jeju Grand Prix winner Rokugo Yuhei of Japan up and over with a jaw-dropping ura-nage for ippon.
In the first semi-final Chibana was successful against world bronze medallist Fukuoka Masaaki (JPN) by ippon after 56 seconds while in the second semi-final ROKUGO triumphed against Orenburg European Cup silver medallist Anzaur Ardanov (RUS).
The first bronze medal was won by beaten semi-finalist Ardanov as his countryman Kamal Khan Magomedov shocked everyone with a moment of madness as he come out and immediately grabbed the legs of his opponent after just seven seconds to receive hansoku-make. The second bronze medal went to veteran Fukuoka who defeated Denis Lavrentiev (RUS) in front of his home crowd. Fukuoka, who lacked purpose initially as he accumulated three shido penalties, wrapped up his opponent in osaekomi and Lavrentiev elected to tap out after eight seconds.
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