D.Amar­tu­vshin, D.Al­tan­sukh seize bronze medals

The UB Post - - Domestic -

The World Judo Mas­ters 2018, the in­vite-only sea­son fi­nale, saw Olympic and world cham­pi­ons bat­tle it out at the Guangzhou Arena in China on De­cem­ber 15 and 16.

The last stop for the IJF World Judo Tour this sea­son was held with 231 ju­dokas from 53 coun­tries. The Mon­go­lian team, con­sist­ing of nine men and three women, with two bronze medals.

One of the bronze medals was earned by for­mer world sil­ver medal­list D.Amar­tu­vshin who lost to Ge­or­gia’s Abu Dhabi Grand Slam win­ner Ami­ran Pap­inashvili in the semi-fi­nal but took bronze with a vic­tory over Dus­sel­dorf Grand Slam bronze medal­list Eric Tak­a­batake from Brazil. The con­test looked like it was de­signed for the Brazil­ian ju­doka but D.Amar­tu­vshin had other ideas and pro­duced the only score in the very last sec­ond to win his third World Judo Mas­ters bronze medal. He won with buzzer-beat­ing waza-ari score from an o-uchi-gari.

Three-time Grand Slam bronze medal­list D.Al­tan­sukh grasped the sec­ond bronze for Mon­go­lia in the men’s 66 kg event. He held down Kazakh ju­doka Yel­dos Zhu­makanov with a kuzure-kesa-gatame for 20 sec­onds and ip­pon. Zhu­makanov, who no­tice­ably limped onto the mat with a heav­ily taped right foot, was pow­er­less as he was con­signed to de­feat by his Mon­go­lian op­po­nent.

In the men’s 73 kg, 2016 World Judo Mas­ters sil­ver medal­list G.Od­ba­yar lost to Canada’s 2017 Tokyo Grand Slam sil­ver medal­ist Arthur Margeli­don in the semi-fi­nal and again to Ge­or­gia’s Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medal­ist Lasha Shav­dat­u­ashvili in the bronze medal con­test.

In the first semi-fi­nal for the women’s 48 kg event, world cham­pion M.Urantset­seg had to tap out to Olympic bronze medal­list and for­mer world cham­pion Kondo Amifrom Ja­pan in golden score. M.Urantset­seglet a bronze medal slip when she lost to Euro­pean cham­pion Irina Dol­go­v­afrom Rus­sia. Urantset­seg tied in fifth place with Ser­bia’s Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medal­list Mil­ica Nikolic.

D.Su­miya (57 kg) and B.Mun­gunchimeg (63 kg) ended their game on the first day, both plac­ing in 7th place.

Ja­pan fin­ished day one in top spot with three gold medals as Maruyama Joshiro (66 kg), Tsun­oda, Nat­sumi (52 kg) and Yoshida Tsukasa (57 kg) all went un­beaten. Kosovo, Rus­sia, France and Azer­bai­jan also tasted vic­tory in Guangzhou in a scin­til­lat­ing day of un­pre­dictable and com­pelling judo.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Mongolia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.