by Oon Yeoh of JudoCrazy
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David Khakhaleishvili turned Olympic Champion in Barcelona utilizing the grip on the belt. Oon Yeoh of JudoCrazy is once more creating cutting-edge judo content material within the collection of the Olympic Judo Chronicles. JudoInside was current within the Palau Blau Grana venue witnessing the distinguished grip of the Georgian fighter.
On the 1991 Barcelona World Championships, the +95kg champion was Sergei Kossorotov of the Soviet Union who had crushed Frank Moreno Garcia of Cuba within the ultimate. The Open Weight champion was Japan’s Naoya Ogawa, who had crushed David Khakhaleishvili of the Soviet Union.
On the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the Open Weight division had been eliminated and there was solely the +95kg left. Moreno Garcia and Ogawa could be there after all however from the Unified Crew (consisting of gamers from the previous Soviet Union) there may very well be just one. Because it turned out, it was Khakhaleishvili who was chosen. This may need been a reduction to Ogawa as he had misplaced to Kossorotov on the 1991 World’s however he had crushed Khakhaleishvili decisively. However lots can occur in a yr.
Ogawa’s first two fights had been comparatively straightforward, in opposition to gamers from Guam and Kenya. He additionally breezed previous Belgium’s Harry Van Barneveld together with his favorite uchimata for ippon.
Even France’s David Douillet couldn’t cease Ogawa from attending to the ultimate. Ogawa spun him over with a “mistaken leg” tai-otoshi and promptly held him down for waza-ari-awasete-ippon.
On the opposite aspect of the draw, Khakhaleishvili had on paper, a lot more durable opponents. After a simple first match in opposition to Kahlifa Diouf of Senegal, he confronted Moreno Garcia of Cuba, adopted by Rafal Kubacki of Poland and Imre Csosz of Hungary. Garcia, after all, was a world silver medalist; Kubacki, a World bronze medallist (later to turn out to be a double World Champion); and Csosz, a World bronze medallist as nicely. He beat all of them to earn an opportunity to satisfy Ogawa within the ultimate.
The primary bronze medal match between Moreno Garcia and Douillet was a nail-biting one with the Cuban scoring first with a counter and the Frenchmen scoring a better level with soto-makikomi within the dying seconds of the match to win the bronze.
The second bronze medal combat, between Van Barneveld and Csosz was an equally thrilling one with the Belgian scoring first with soto-makikomi. Then Csosz countered him to even issues up earlier than scoring with one more counter to win the match.
In 1991, Ogawa had simply crushed Khakhaleishvili with tai-otoshi for ippon however the Georgian had clearly accomplished his homework and knew precisely learn how to combat the Japanese champion. He scored first, utilizing the well-known Georgian grip on the belt to hurl Ogawa over for a waza-ari. Subsequent, he took Ogawa again with a counter to attain the second waza-ari, and with that he gained Georgia its very first Olympic gold medal.
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