The giants of judo, the heavyweights, took to the mat on the 3rd day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. And the risks were high.
-In the 90 kg category, Serbian Majdov came out on top by clinching the gold medal in a magnificent way with a magnificent waza-ari in the gold score for the first time in four years.
“I was a Junior in 2016, it was my first race at -90 kilos and I won a Grand Slam medal there. So this is my first senior Grand Slam medal in Abu Dhabi. That’s why I’m very happy and I always feel very good in Abu Dhabi, the organization is perfect, everything is perfect,” said Majdov.
The medals were presented by Gergely Gulyas, Minister of the Hungarian Prime Ministry.
Italian superstar Bellandi had an extraordinary day with -78 kilos and reached the final. He brought the gold medal to Italy.
The medals were presented by Aref Alawani, Secretary General of Abu Dhabi Sports Council. IJF Guest and Missoni Ltd. Board Member Tania Missoni presented the checks and flowers.
“When people talk to me and say, ‘I love judo, I love judo,’ it’s like a medal for me. Like the kids here, they are very sweet, really sweet,” Bellandi said.
World champion Arman Adamian was on fire all day in the -100kg category and it was no different in the gold medal match. He blazed his way to victory with unmatched determination and skill.
He received his medal from IJF EC Member and Kodokan President Haruki Uemura.
Portugal’s Nunes made a beautiful shot and took control to claim the coveted gold medal. A good win and an incredible show of friendship for Portugal.
His medal was presented by IJF Kata Commission President Franco Capelletti.
Another World champion, Inal Tasoev, continued his impressive performance throughout the day, culminating in a spectacular ippon in the +100kg final, earning him the Abu Dhabi gold medal in a display of his dominance.
IJF Guest Cosmin Balcacean presented the medals.