The Judo Masters competition ended in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. On the 3rd day of the competition, heavyweight categories took the stage and struggled to become the champion.
-90kg Olympic Champion Bekauri faced off against compatriot Maisuradze and, despite a tough fight, managed to score a tactical victory over the Georgian World Champion and crowned Bekauri as the double Masters Champion.
IJF President Marius Vizer presented the medals.
At -78kg, World Champion Inbar Lanir from Israel was on fire all day and finished his competitions quickly and efficiently.
In the final, it was no different to get the gold medal against the French Malonga in less than a minute. Lanir now holds his first Masters title, an impressive reward to add to his collection.
IJF Executive Board Member and IOC Member Yasuhiro Yamashita presented the medals.
“I’m a quarter Hungarian and have family here, it feels like a second home and it’s really great to be here and the atmosphere is great and everybody just escapes so I’m always happy to come to Budapest,” Lanir said.
In the -100kg category, Uzbek former World Champion Turoboyev faced Israeli Paltchik. A clever change of direction brought Turoboyev a second waza-ari to the delight of his fans. First Masters gold for Uzbekistan in over 10 years.
The medals were awarded by IJF Vice President Carlos Zegarra.
“When I won the World Championship medal in Tashkent, I cried a lot on stage, I showed my tears of happiness. “I won the Masters eight months later, it’s the same kind of moment, a really happy moment for me to celebrate here in Hungary,” said Turoboyev.
Frenchman Romane Dicko also attacked hard and won the gold medal in tactical judo.
Zhou Jinqiang, IJF EC Member and Deputy Minister of Sports of China, presented the medals.
With +100kg, Finnish Martti Puumalainen was in the best form of his life. He beat everyone on his way to the gold medal and won the Masters title.
Laszlo Toth, Vice President of IJF, presented the medals.
Double Olympic and three-time World Champion Shohei Ono participated. His presence in Hungary is an inspiration that supports judo and inspires new generations.