Judo: Borchashvili convinces in Tbilisi



The Austrian judoka Shamil Borchashvili reached a Grand Slam final for the first time in Tbilisi on Saturday. In this he was defeated by the Belgian Sami Chouchi in the class up to 81 kg with Ippon. For the 25-year-old from Upper Austria, however, it is a great success. He picked up 500 World Cup points, wrote in the Olympic qualification and received 2,500 euros in prize money.

Michaela Polleres (-70 kg), Magdalena Krssakova (-63) and Lukas Reiter (-73) lost right at the start. Borchashvili, on the other hand, had prevailed in the pool final against the Russian Alan Kubeuow with Ippon (self-fall technique) in the Golden Score, in the semifinals the Canadian World Cup third Antoine Valois-Fortier had to give up after a good minute because of a rib injury.

In the final, Borchashvili landed a supposed Ippon rating after twelve seconds, but after studying video only waza-ari was given. “The decision on Waza-ari was absolutely correct,” said the sports director of the Austrian Judo Association (ÖJV), Markus Moser. “Chouchi just fell on his side. It’s a shame Shamil lost in the end. But he can be proud of this result. His first win on the World Tour is only a matter of time. ”The decision was made after 62 seconds when Chouchi was strangled and Borchashvili was briefly passed out.

Graf’s comeback on Sunday

Already on Friday Sabrina Filzmoser (-57 kg) remained unplaced after winning and losing to the eventual final winner. Bernadette Graf (–78) will make her comeback on Sunday, the Tyrolean’s last competition was before the CoV outbreak. Also named are Aaron Fara (–100) as well as Daniel Allerstorfer and Stephan Hegyi (each +100).

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Judo Borchashvili convinces Tbilisi


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