JUDO – Dusseldorf / Harasawa in gold, Shavdatuashvili and Igolnikov in bronze

JUDO - Dusseldorf / Harasawa in gold, Shavdatuashvili and Igolnikov in bronze

JUDO - Düsseldorf / Harasawa en or, Shavdatuashvili et Igolnikov en bronze

Japan’s Hisayoshi Harasawa (+100 kg) won the 5th Grand Slam of his career in Dusseldorf (February 22-24). Georgia’s Lasha Shavdatuashvili (-73 kg) and Russia’s Mikhail Igolnikov (-90 kg), who made a remarkable run, finished 3rd. France’s Audrey Tcheumeo (-78 kg) reached the semi-final before losing in the bronze medal match.


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Finalist in Paris two weeks ago, Japan’s Hisayoshi Harasawa (+100 kg) did not miss the last step at the Dusseldorf Grand Slam (February22-24). The World bronze medalist defeated Dutchman Henk Grol in the semi-finals before inflicting in the final a magnificent Ippon (Uchi-Mata) in 90 seconds to Russia’s Tasoev, the Abu Dhabi winner.

In -90 kg, Russia’s Mikhail Igolnikov has beautifully emerged from a fire table. In the first round, he dominated former World champion and three-times European champion, Georgia’s Avdantili Tchrikishvili, before exiting another former World champion, France’s Loic Pietri in the 2nd round.

Surprised by Japan’s Murao in the quarter-finals, Mikhail Igolnikov then beat the reigning World champion, Spain’s Sherazadishvili and Serbia’s Kukolj (Ippon on O Soto Gari) in the repechage to finish in bronze.

In -73 kg, Georgia’s Lasha Shavdatuashvili lost in the quarter-finals to Russia’s Mogushkov (Waza) before beating Germany’s Zingg and Tajikistan’s Makhmadbekov in repechage to win a bronze medal, his 3rd onr after the Guangzhou Masters and the Paris Grand Slam.

In women, France’s Audrey Tcheumeo (-78 kg) reached the semi finals where she lost against Germany’s Wagner (immobilization). She then lost in the repechage final against Austria’s Graf after 3 penalties for passivity.