Davlat Bobonov and Mukhammadkarim Khurramov clinched double gold for Uzbekistan on the final day of the International Judo Federation (IJF) Grand Slam in Düsseldorf.
Bobonov produced an impressive display in the men’s under-90 kilogram event at the ISS Dome in the German city.
Five consecutive ippon scores saw Bobonov advance through to the gold medal contest, where he faced Ukraine’s Quedjau Nhabali.
A perfect day’s work was concluded when Bobonov achieved another ippon to secure top step on the podium.
Georgia’s Beka Gviniashvili claimed the first bronze medal by beating Azerbaijan’s Mammadali Mehdiyev, before Japan’s Shoichiro Mukai beat Cuba’s Iván Felipe Silva.
Uzbekistan’s second gold medal came in the men’s under-100kg division, as Khurramov came through a high-quality field to triumph.
An ippon score saw him win the final against Azerbaijan’s Elmar Gasimov, who had stunned Portugal’s world champion Jorge Fonseca in the semi-finals.
Fonseca also missed out on a bronze medal after losing to another Azeri judoka in Zelym Kotsoiev.
The final bronze medal was claimed by Hungary’s Miklos Cirjenics, following a win over Brazil’s Rafael Buzacarini.
Hosts Germany were denied gold in the men’s over-100kg final, with Johannes Frey suffering a defeat via an ippon to Georgia’s Guram Tushishvili, the 2018 world champion.
What an incredible day for Davlat Bobonov 🇺🇿 Defeating a World class field, he takes the gold 🥇and celebrates with his coach, one of the greats at -90kg, @ilias_iliadis - Gold for Uzbekistan!#JudoDüsseldorf #Judo #Sport #Olympics— #JudoDüsseldorf 🇩🇪 (@Judo) February 23, 2020
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Brazil’s Rafael Silva and South Korea’s Minjong Kim won bronze medals, following victories over Hungary’s Richard Sipocz and the Netherlands’ Roy Meyer, respectively.
Japan finished the Grand Slam event with five gold medals in the seven women’s weight categories, after their athletes won the under and over-78kg events.
Shori Hamada won all five of her under-78kg bouts with ippons, including the gold medal contest against Brazil’s two-time world champion Mayra Aguiar.
France’s Fanny Posvite beat Portugal’s Patricia Sampaio in the opening bronze medal bout, before home favourite Anna Maria Wagner triumphed against Cuba’s Kaliema Antomarchi.
Sarah Asahina matched Hamada’s accomplishment in the over-100kg division, with the Japanese judoka dominating the event.
Asahina saw off the challenge of Azerbaijan’s Iryna Kindzerska in the gold medal match.
Cameroon’s Hortence Vane Mballa Atangana and Cuba’s Idalys Ortiz completed the podium in the heavyweight event, courtesy of victories over France’s Anne Fatoumata M'Bairo and Brazil’s Beatriz Souza, respectively.
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