In Tashkent, the new generation of Uzbek judoka had the opportunity to meet their local heroes and get selfies and autographs. Among them was the 2022 World Champion Davlat Bobonov, who fought on the third day in Tashkent, the day of the heavyweights!
It was a beautiful judo demonstration from start to finish.
Wearing the World Champion’s red patch, Bobonov was on fire all day, producing an unforgettable judo, scoring goals in every match, spectators stood up on the way to the final where he faced Japanese Sanshiro Murao.
Bobonov emerged victorious in an intense match and gave the home fans what they were looking for. Good day for Bobonov!
Medals were presented by the Minister of Youth Policy and Sports of Uzbekistan, Dr. Adkham Ikramov presented.
“I love home competitions. It’s challenging in a way, but the support from the local fans is incredible and it helps me win,” Bobonov explained.
Class below 78 kg
Rika Takayama of Japan faced off against Giorgia Stangherlin of Italy. Takayama did clinical groundwork to tie the Italian in his arms and claim the under-78kg title.
The medals were presented by Mohammed Meridja, IJF Director of Education and Coaching.
“I was aiming to be champion here, so I’m very happy to win this competition,” Takayama said.
Under 100 kg class
The passionate crowd was also excited for the under 100kg class. Judo master Varlam Liparteliani from Georgia took the first place. He beat Austrian Aaron Fara in the final, first scoring a waza-ari point and then holding him for ippon.
Dr Lisa Allan, Director of IJF Events, presented the medals.
Class over 78 kg
At over 78kg, Japanese Wakaba Tomita beat China’s Shiyan Xu to reach the top of the podium to become #4 gold for the Japanese team.
The medals were presented by IJF Sports Director Skander Hachicha.
Class over 100 kg
In the men’s over 100kg final, another Uzbek Alisher Yusupov faced off against Japanese Saito Tatsuru.
Snatch victory at the muzzle of defeat, drive the crowds wild, and bring an incredible three days to a perfect conclusion to win the event’s final gold medal.
Uzbekistan NOC Secretary General Oybek Kasimov was present to present the medals.
Another striking competition ends in Tashkent. Uzbekistan continues to raise the sport of judo!