Could Peter Safrany be as dominant as Ai Tsunoda Roustant was in the -70kg category? The answer is no, because he had in front of him an amazing thrower, who catapulted him in the air, with a huge koshi-waza. Was it ippon though? Oh yes, because Safrany landed largely on his back. There was no doubt about the perfect conclusion to Mamatrakhimov’s day.
As we know, the heavier categories are often the favourite playground of Georgian athletes. Tornike Poladishvili (GEO) therefore still had a chance to play and win against Alex Cret (ROU) for a place on the podium. Alex Cret did not offer a single chance to his opponent to win though and after a first waza-ari, he concluded in ne-waza with an immobilisation for ippon.
For the second bronze medal contest, it was Miljan Radulj (SRB) and Aleksa Mitrovic (FRA) who battled it out for their moment of glory. The first score came from the French side, with a counterattack from Mitrovic for waza-ari, showing that he was getting more and more confident as the match unfolded. After this first score nothing special happened and Mitrovic could enjoy his bronze medal, the second for the French delegation on day three.