Tajik judoka Komronshokh Ustopiriyon wins Turkey – Antalya Grand Prix 2018

April 9, 2018 16:00

Read also

Ustopiyon k

DUSHANBE, 09.04.2018. /NIAT “Khovar”/. Tajik judoka Komronshoh Ustopiriyon has won the Grand Prix 2018 in Antalya (Turkey) in the weight category of under 90 kilograms.

Number one seed Komronshokh Ustopiriyon (TJK) won his third Grand Prix gold medal after a tense battle with world champion Nemanja Majdov (SRB). Majdov had finished fifth on his return in March at the Agadir Grand Prix. The 21-year-old Serbian judoka wore his red backpatch for only the second time and failed to win what would have been his first Grand Prix title after being penalised for his third shido for pushing his opponent out of the area. Ustopiriyon usually makes a strong start but tends to fade late on and as both were nervy it was the Serbian who made the costly mistake.

In the first semi-final Ustopiriyon defeated Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Mammadali MEHDIYEV (AZE) who was disqualified after he was penalised with his third shido. In the second semi-final MAJDOV bested Cancun Grand Prix silver medallist Tural Safguliyev (AZE) by ippon from a uchi-mata-sukashi with 71 seconds left in their contest.

The first bronze medal was won by SAFGULIYEV who earned his fourth Grand Prix medal by edging out 22-year-old Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Li Kochman (ISR) by a waza-ari score as Azerbaijan claimed the first medal in the final block. A ko-uchi-gari was the best executed technique during the contest and that piece of ashi-waza sent the Azeri onto the medal podium.

The second bronze medal went to Mehdiyev as Azerbaijan made it a clean sweep of -90kg bronze medals. MEHDIYEV won his fifth Grand Prix honour by catching Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Rafael Macedo (BRA) with an ouchi-gari and changed direction to set his opponent off balance and over for ippon.

April 9, 2018 16:00

Other news in section