Who to follow today in the -81kg category? It’s a big question to which there are many answers. Alpha Oumar Djalo (FRA) who, in front of his audience, could perhaps find the resources to perform? No, he was quickly eliminated.
Final, Matthias Casse (BEL) vs Zelim Tckaev (AZE)

Vedat Albayrak (TUR), silver medallist in Portugal last week? He too was quickly eliminated, by Timo Cavelius (GER). Then Somon Makhmadbekov (TJK) passed the first rounds but fell in the semi-final against one of the strong men of the category. We will come back to this. Guilherme Schimidt (BRA), who showed great results last season, has not yet found his best level and was defeated before the final block.

Final, Matthias Casse (BEL) vs Zelim Tckaev (AZE)

Francois Gauthier Drapeau, very solid, reached the semi-final, but it was not enough. Finally, Saeid Mollaei (AZE) started well but sank against Dominic Ressel (GER), more realistic than the former world champion, the German winning in a very tactical fight.

Gold medallist, Matthias Casse (BEL)

Thus remained the pillar of -81kg, Matthias Casse (BEL), who almost quietly qualified for the final where he found Zelim Tckaev (AZE). It was a very tactical contest. With his face marked by a tough day in the office, Casse was looking for the technique that would offer him the gold medal and it was a long time coming. It is only in golden score that a tremendous sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi came. Casse used Tckaev's push intelligently to turn and throw. When you don't know who you should support in this crazy category, Casse is always a serious contender for the victory. That was the case again today.

Bronze medal contest, Mihail Latisev (MDA) vs François Gauthier Drapeau (CAN)

Mihail Latisev (MDA) and Francois Gauthier Drapeau (CAN) brought up the rear for a place on the podium. The contest seemed to go straight into golden score, when Francois Gauthier Drapeau countered his opponent's o-soto-gari with another o-soto-gari for a waza-ari. With only 22 seconds left on the scoreboard, there was not enough time for Latisev to come back. This is the sixth medal in a grand slam for the Canadian judoka.

Bronze medal contest, Timur Arbuzov (AIN) vs Somon Makhmadbekov (TJK)

In the second match for a bronze medal, Timur Arbuzov (AIN) and Somon Makhmadbekov (TJK) faced each other. It was in the golden score period that Timur Arbuzav eventually found his chance to score with a counter-attack for waza-ari.

Medals cheques and flowers were presented by Mr Miklos Szantho, Director General of the Centre for Fundamental Rights, and Mr Bruno Chellaoua, Member of France Judo Director Committee

Final (-81 kg)

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