Budapest Gran Prix 2015, Hungary June 13-14
Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist IMAMOV Yakhyo (UZB) was victorious against 2014 Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Alain SCHMITT (FRA). The Uzbek star scored a waza-ari with a stunning right-sided uchi-mata-makikomi and SCHMITT could not find a way back as IMAMOV enjoyed ending his overdue wait for Grand Prix gold.
In the first semi-final IMAMOV defeated Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Stanislav SEMENOV (RUS) by the maximum score from an ippon seoi-nage after leading by a waza-ari. In the second semi-final SCHMITT had the measure of Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Alexander WIECZERZAK (GER) to secure a place in the -81kg final. The Frenchman, who has pedigree as a former world bronze medallist, registered two yuko scores and the German was unable to produce a score of his own.
The first bronze medal was clinched by Dusseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist Sven MARESCH (GER) who defeated colleague WIECZERZAK. MARESCH showed a good reaction to his recent dip in form - something he concede himself before the competition – to be back amongst the medals on the World Judo Tour courtesy of a waza-ari score. The second bronze medal was won by Tashkent Grand Prix winner Roman MOUSTOPOULOS (GRE) who edged SEMENOV by the narrowest of scoring margins as his one yuko proved the difference in a closely contested contest.
SCHMITT, Alain (FRA) vs IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB)
Bronze Medal Fights
WIECZERZAK, Alexander (GER) vs MARESCH, Sven (GER)
MOUSTOPOULOS, Roman (GRE) vs SEMENOV, Stanislav (RUS)
1. IMAMOV, Yakhyo (UZB)
2. SCHMITT, Alain (FRA)
3. MARESCH, Sven (GER)
3. MOUSTOPOULOS, Roman (GRE)
5. WIECZERZAK, Alexander (GER)
5. SEMENOV, Stanislav (RUS)
7. KERMARREC, Julian (FRA)
7. SOBIROV, Shaxzod (UZB)