Last week in Portugal, we highlighted the great return to the highest level of the double world champion from the lower category, Nikoloz Sherazadishvili (ESP), now competing at -100kg. The author of a very good competition in Odivelas, where he finished in second place, still had to confirm the development in Paris.
Final, Nikoloz Sherazadishvili (ESP) vs Aaron Wolf (JPN)

Several athletes deserved to be followed closely. The number one seed, Michael Korrel (NED) exited the tournament prematurely, beaten by Nurlykhan Sharkhan (KAZ). Aleksandar Kukolj (SRB) suffered the same fate, also against Sharkhan despite strong wins to that quarter-final, especially beating junior world champion Dota Arai (JPN).

Gold medallist, Aaron Wolf (JPN)

The 2022 world champion Muzaffarbek Turoboyev (UZB) was progressing quietly until he encountered the aforementioned Nikoloz Sherazadishvili. The latter immobilised Turoboyev in the final seconds of a very close quarter-final. In the semi-final, Sherazadishvili defeated Nurlykhan Sharkhan.

Gold medallist, Aaron Wolf (JPN)

At the bottom of the draw Aaron Wolf (JPN) advanced step by step and ippon after ippon without trembling but he nevertheless had to show his highest technical level to eliminate Anton Savytskiy in the semi-final and join Nikoloz Sherazadishvili.

Wolf, like a preying animal, is waits for the right moment to launch his lethal attacks. The final was well balanced between the two champions though. With just less than 30 seconds to go, he finally found the right moment to engage his uchi-mata. It was almost ippon but didn’t meet all criteria as Sherazadishvili landed on his elbows and was therefore penalised with a shido, but it was a waza-ari and that was enough to secure the second victory in a grand slam for the Olympic champion.

Bronze medal contest, Aleksandar Kukolj (SRB) vs Anton Savytskiy (UKR)

Aleksandar Kukolj (SRB) and Anton Savytskiy (UKR) advanced on the tatami, aiming to obtain the first bronze medal. It went to Serbia and Aleksandar Kukolj after Anton Savytskiy received his third penalty. This is grand slam medal number four for Aleksandar Kukolj.

Bronze medal contest, Daniel Eich (SUI) vs Nurlykhan Sharkhan (KAZ)

It was a solid Daniel Eich (SUI) who faced Nurlykhan Sharkhan (KAZ) for the second bronze medal. Three penalties were also necessary for Sharkhan to win a bronze medal.

Medals cheques and flowers were presented by Mr Almaz Alsenov, CEO of Harvest Group, Partner of the International Judo Federation, and Mr Sebastien Nolesini, General Director of France Judo

Final (-100 kg)

Bronze Medal Fights (-100 kg)

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