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Azerbaijan takes 2, Israel adds 1 more judo title at European Open
Xinhua | February 04, 2013 09:05
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Azerbaijan on Sunday took two gold medals while Israel and hosts Georgia each got one gold to wind up the 2013 European Open Judo Tournament which offered seven events for men judokas.

Tural Safguliyev got Azerbaijan's first gold medal of the day by beating Japan's Takanori Nagase in the under-81 kilogram category.

Shekhmad Magomedov and Shahin Gahramanov defeated their respective opponents to set up an all-Azerbaijani finale out of the under-90 kilogram category which Shekhmad Magomedov won with a 100-point value of throw (Ippon).

Or Sasson from Israel won the under-100 kilogram category by beating hosts Georgia's Lasha Guruli. It was Israel's second gold medal from the Tbilisi European Open tourney.

Adam Okruashvili lived up to the last hope of home crowds by taking the gold of the over-100 kilogram category after defeating Japan's Takeshi Ojitani.

It was Georgia's one and only gold medal at the 2013 Tbilisi European Open.

Georgian judokas grabbed six of the seven gold medals at stake from last year's Tbilisi Open event.

International and European judo experts explained that most of the judokas had been accommodating with the changed rules of the International Judo Union.

The union, the governing body of the sport of judo, has just started experimenting a new set of rules for the 2013-2016 Olympic period.

Some 200 judokas from 23 countries of Europe, Asia, America and Oceania took part in the Tbilisi Open event.

On Saturday, Shinji Kido of Japan brushed aside hosts favorite Paata Merebashvili to force his way into the under-60 kilogram category finals where he defeated Kazakhstan's Yeldos Smetov to win the gold medal.

Belarus' Dzmitry Shershan first defeated Georgia's favorite Tornike Tatarashvili in the semifinals before getting the better of his countryman Vadzim Shoka in the finals of the under-66 kilogram category.

In the under-73 kilogram category contest, Sagi Muki from Israel showed his onemanupship by beating Yertugan Torenov from Kazakhstan.

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