So far each day of competition has brought its share of success for the host country. After the victories of Obid Dzhebov on the first day and that of Somon Makhmadbekov on the second, without counting the other medals, Tajikistan could already consider itself successful, but when you organise the first grand prix in history, you want more, always more. In the -90kg category it was therefore Komronshokh Ustopiriyon who offered the public a new chance of a gold medal by qualifying for the final.
Final, Komronshokh Ustopiriyon (TJK) vs Eldar Allakhverdiev (AIN)

Seventh at the Jerusalem Masters and seventh in Tashkent this season, Ustopiriyon was obviously waiting to be on home soil to find his way back to the podium, he who already has 10 medals on the World Judo Tour.

Final, Komronshokh Ustopiriyon (TJK) vs Eldar Allakhverdiev (AIN)

Opposite him to compete for gold, was Eldar Allakhverdiev (AIN). The first shido was given to Allakhverdiev for a false attack. Every single move of Ustopiriyon would initiate hoorahs from the audience, who came in even bigger numbers than on day two of the event. The second penalty was awarded to the local judoka. It is always amazing to see how a contest can go by so fast when you have such an atmosphere in the venue. There were already only 37 seconds left and one shido apiece and then golden score; it all seemed to come at a pace. After 33 seconds, the second penalty was given to Allakhverdiev.

Gold medallist, Komronshokh Ustopiriyon (TJK)

Ustopiriyon then had to escape, using his acrobatic skills, from a very dangerous situation. In doing so, he touched the leg of his opponent, receiving a second penalty. During the next exchange, Eldar Allakhverdiev dropped to his knees, while Komronshokh Ustopiriyon remained standing, tachi-waza was still totally valid. The Tajik judoka didn't let the opportunity vanish and launched an uchi-mata for waza-ari, immediately followed by a noisy ovation from the public. It was a third gold for Tajikistan.

Bronze medal contest, Eljan Hajiyev (AZE) vs Jakhongir Mamatrakhimov (UZB)

The first bronze medal went to the winner of the contest between Aram Grigorian (UAE) and David Klammert (CZE). The match was tight. With less than one minute to go, Klammert took the lead with a waza-ari scored on the edge of the competition area after an action that remained unclear until the landing of Grigorian on his side. With 21 seconds left, David Klammert concluded with a shime-waza, this time for ippon.

Bronze medal contest, Aram Grigorian (UAE) vs David Klammert (CZE)

Eljan Hajiyev (AZE) and Jakhongir Mamatrakhimov (UZB), world junior champion, battled for the second bronze medal. The public came to watch great judo. Eljan Hajiyev delivered a beautiful moment of it, with a powerful o-soto-gari for ippon.

Medals, cheques and flowers were presented by Mr Ismoil Mahmadzoir, President of the Tajikistan Judo Federation, and Mr Rasul Boqiev, Olympic and World Bronze Medallist
Komronshokh Ustopiriyon together with Rahmonjon Mahmadzoir
See also