Success of Guram Tushishvili (+100 kg) and Varlam Liparteliani (-100 kg), bronze medals for Vazha Margvelashvili (-66 kg) and Lasha Shavdatuashvili (-73 kg). At the 2018 Masters (December 15-16), dominated by the Japanese team (14 medals including 7 gold), the Georgians did not make the trip to Canton for nothing.
Very good performances also of Shmailov (-66 kg) and Lappinagov (-81 kg), both finalists, while Dolgova (-48 kg), Kuziutina (-52 kg), Powell (-78 kg), An (-73 kg), De Wit (-81 kg), Igolnikov (-90 kg) and Bashaev (+100 kg) take the 3rd place.
By Ludovic Mauchien
The adidas Team was on last weekend for the ultimate big event of the year 2018 held in Guangzhou (China). Most prestigious event in the Olympic ranking after the Worlds, these Masters always have a special flavor.
The great hero of the year was again on fire. World heavyweight champion last September in Baku, Guram Tushishvili won again. In the semi finals, he defeated Japan’s Kageura (hansoku-make) and then Brazil’s Rafael Silva, the two-time Olympic medalist, in the final (kami-shiho-gatame). Guram Tushishvili, who won his second Masters in a row, is undoubtedly the man of the year. We cannot wait for 2019 with the comeback of king Teddy scheduled in spring…
His compatriot Varlam Liparteliani (-100 kg) showed him the way a few minutes earlier. The five-time World medalist, silver World medalist in Baku, beat Israel’s Peter Palchik in the semi-finals before winning Mongolia’s Lkhagvasuren in the final.
Another Georgian champion distinguished himself : Vazha Margvelashvili took the 3rd place in -66 kg. After losing to Kazakhstan’s Zhumanakov in the 1/4-finals, he beat Ganbold and Cargnin. His « big brother » imitated him in -73 kg. Lasha Shavdatuashvili won the bronze. After suffering Orujov’s law in the quarter-finals, he dominated Gjakova and Ganbaatar in repechage.
Meanwhile, Israel’s Baruch Shmailov (-66 kg) and Russia’s Aslan Lappinagov (-81 kg) have not gone far from the feat. Baruch Shmailov only lost in the final against Japan’s Maruyama after beating Cargnin in ½ final. As for Lappinagov, he won against Khasan Khalmurzaev and then Frank De Wit before losing in the final against Japan’s Sasaki.
Concerning the Bronze medals, it’s not bad either. In -73 kg, Korea’s Changrim lost against Orujov in 1/2 final before winning against Macias for bronze. In -81 kg, Frank De Wit of Netherlands made the powder speak. Dominated in the semifinal by Lappinagov, he then defeated Belgium’s Matthias Casse. In -90 kg, Russia’s Mikhail Igolnikov, the reigning European champion, won a beautiful bronze medal. Defeated in the quarter-finals by Bozbayev, he dominated the ½ finalist Noël Van T ‘End for the bronze win. Finally, in +100 kg, Russia’s Tamerlan Bashaev lost in ¼ finals against Brazil’s Silva before winning in repechage against Yuan and Japan’s Kageura.
In the women’s competition, the Russians Irina Dolgova (-48 kg) and Natalia Kuziutina (-52 kg) both came on the third step of the podium as well. Dolgova lost in the quarter-final against Krasniki before winning against Rishony and Munkhbat. Britain’s Nathalie Powell (-78 kg) also left Canton with a beautiful medal around the neck. Defeated in the quarterfinals by Hamada, she then dominated Antomarchi and Malongo to get bronze.