Day Two of the Tel Aviv Grand Slam had enthusiasts humming with anticipation.
The day prior to this World Judo Federation president Marius Vizer had introduced Israeli Judo Affiliation President Moshe Ponte with the Judo for Peace award. Israel participated towards Saudi Arabia right through the Tokyo Olympics.
The Eastern judo crew best despatched 4 ladies to this yr’s Tel Aviv Grand Slam – and two of them picked up gold on day two.
Horikawa takes gold ten years on
Megumi Horikawa took the -63kg gold, just about ten years after profitable her final grand slam name in Tokyo. She beat Britain’s Gemma Howell, who was once competing in her first-ever excursion ultimate.
IJF Recreation Director Mike Tamura introduced Horikawa together with her medal.
Hidayat Heydarov from Azerbaijan was once most sensible seed within the males’s -73kg contest and he lived as much as his billing, with victory within the ultimate towards Obidkhon Nomonov from Uzbekistan.
Victory got here in time beyond regulation, with a impressive koshi-guruma for a waza-ari. The final time the Azeri champion received gold in a grand slam was once in 2019.
Dr Lisa Allan, the IJF Occasions director, awarded him along with his medal.
Shiho Tanaka were given Japan’s 2nd gold with victory over Sanne Van Dijke from the Netherlands within the -70kg class. An uchi-mata for waza-ari proved sufficient to present Tanaka the name.
Florin Daniel Lascau, IJF Head Referee Director, passed out the medals
“It was once implausible to have all of the target market there”, Tanaka mentioned. “The group made it a a lot more thrilling revel in.”
Casse in spite of everything will get the easier of Albayrak
The highest two seeds made it to the lads’s -81kg ultimate, which noticed Matthias Casse from Belgium face Vedat Albayrak from Turkey. Albayrak had received their earlier two contests, however this time it was once Casse who got here out most sensible. The profitable motion got here after 4 mins of golden ranking, when Casse performed a novel juji-gatame for ippon.
Armen Bagdasarov, IJF Head Referee Director gave out the medals. Casse’s fellow Belgian Sami Chouchi picked up a bronze.
“It’s superb to percentage a podium with somebody out of your nation,” mentioned Casse. “Sami has been a just right buddy for goodbye, and it’s simply a laugh to hang around at the podium in combination.”
It’s transparent why Judo is so standard in Israel, with native stars showing striking on intense performances all over the day. After golden luck on day one, the momentum endured thru day two, buoyed on via the passionate cheers from native supporters within the Shlomo Area.
They were given their praise when Tohar Butbul defeated Italy’s Giovanni Esposito to take bronze within the below 73 pounds contest, to a nearly deafening ovation from the group.
Day 3 will convey within the heavyweights – and an out of this world string of Israeli superstars for the group to cheer on. An afternoon of motion to not be neglected.