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Game of Thrones, throwing game / IJF.org

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For a while we convinced ourselves that we were watching the Game of Thrones series. When we looked elsewhere a bit preferred the dust.

The first was the Belgian Toma Nikiforov. Immediately afterwards, Israeli Peter Paltchik said goodbye. Azerbaijan’s Elmar Gasimov decided it wasn’t his war and went out the back door in the second round. Ok you will say his rival was the Spaniard Nikoloz Sherazadishvili and he deservedly won and you are not mistaken but Gasimov is like a thorn in the side with years of experience in the same category and would have could go further. Georgian Onise Saneblidze was also defeated. There were few kingdoms left to conquer and two warriors superior to the others. On one side the Georgian Varlam Liparteliani and on the other the Japanese Iida Kentaro.

Liparteliani has scars, memorable fights, titles and painful defeats. He is the eternal silver medalist on big occasions, an exceptional judoka and an even better person. He is, on the other hand, the only Georgian who works in the field and who has a devastating armbar within osae-komi. This is how he reaches the final as a new version of Liparteliani because he looks rejuvenated and with a more polished judo, if that’s possible. He eliminated the Dane Mathias Madsen, author of a sensational tournament, in the semi-finals with victories over Paltchik and the Swiss Daniel Eich.

For his part, Kentaro very quickly announced the trend with dazzling victories against the Maltese Isaac Bezzina and the Kazakh Aibek Serikbayev. The Japanese must then increase the rate of fire against Saneblidze, but his work of art arrives in the semi-final against Sherazadishvili, whom he pulverizes in 16 seconds. The final between Liparteliani and Kentaro made sense for what each had shown up to that point.

Kentaro offered uchi-mata. Liparteliani reacted with his special move, kanstetsu-waza followed by osae-komi but the Japanese managed to get clear. Liparteliani pushed all the way but the Japanese held on for a seventh gold medal for Japan.

Cherazadishvili

Eich and Sherazishvili wanted bronze. Both were trying to get a good grip. The Swiss was very uncomfortable for the Spaniard, very clever, tactically speaking. In the golden score, Sherazishvili performed a feint to suggest the makikomi but followed it up with a sweep. It was a brilliant bronze by ippon for the Spaniard.

Zsombor Plant

The young Zsombor Veg ended a magnificent day for him. After eliminating the Belgian Nikiforov, he manages to get into the fight for bronze and wins his first Grand Slam medal thanks to a masterpiece of uchi-mata which triggered delirium in the stands.

Medals, checks and mascots were presented by Mr. Mustapha Berraf, IOC member and President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa and Mr. Lajos Berkó, Chief of Staff of the State Secretariat for Sports at the Ministry of Defense of Hungary.