Arman Adamian back on track after gold in Paris
At the Grand Slam in Paris we saw an old acquaintance of the international judo scene in Asley Gonzales / Olympic silver medallist in London in 2012 and world champion in 2013 in Rio, the Cuban native recently changed nationality to now compete under the Romanian banner. Fifth in Zagreb a few weeks ago, Gonzales went two steps higher this time as he reached the final against Arman Adamian (RUS), who in Zagreb topped the medal podium.
The Russian remained the stronger man of the moment, defeating the Romanian competitor with a superb change of direction and a clear ippon.
Adamian said, "I had to win here because it is the most prestigious tournament in the world. Every judoka dreams of winning here. Plus, the Olympic Games will be held here in 3 years so this is the place to be and win.”
The two bronze medals went to Simeon Catharina (NED) and Onise Saneblidze (GEO).