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On the IJF Judo Masters in Doha An Baul confirmed the sturdy Korean workforce and Olympic potential in Tokyo. Successful the gold U60kg An appears again after a turbulent Olympic cycle. Within the ultimate, the latter confronted the Israeli Baruch Shmailov, now an everyday on the Masters ultimate block, since he completed in second place within the occasion in 2018.
With the primary seed, Manuel Lombardo (ITA), being defeated early, it was Denis Vieru (MDA) who pressured the door of the primary semifinal, which he in the end misplaced to the 2015 world champion, the South Korean An Baul.
As soon as once more we noticed a very shut battle during which neither of the finalists appeared capable of exploit the slightest flaw of their opponent’s defence. After an extended interval of golden rating and two penalties on both sides, it was lastly An Baul who used his expertise and succeeded in throwing Shmailov, utilizing a dropping eri-seoi-nage.
It was subsequently a troublesome day for the favourites within the class as most of them have been eradicated in the course of the preliminary rounds. One of many survivors was Kherlen Ganbold (MGL), seeded quantity two, who fought Aram Grigoryan (RUS) within the first bronze medal contest. The Russian gained after his opponent was disqualified with a 3rd shido.
Within the second match for bronze, one other favorite, Vazha Margvelashvili (GEO), was pitted in opposition to Moldovan Denis Vieru, who has had an excellent day however who within the final golden rating couldn’t discover the correct answer and was lastly thrown with a yoko-tomoe-nage for waza-ari, providing the bronze medal to Vazha Margvelashvili.
An gained the Masters title in 2016 and regained this prestigious occasion gold in Doha. In ten version of the Masters, this class had eight totally different winners U66kg.