Purists will say that logic is meant to be respected. Let everyone think what they want, but in Ulaanbaatar, no one was able to get out of this reasoning.

The Uzbek Davlat Bobonov and the Dutchman Noel Van T End met in the semi-finals. This is normal, taking into account their histories and the list of participants. The same can be said for the other semi-final, between Kazakh Didar Khamza and IJF representative Mikhail Igolnikov. Bobonov is in full maturity, the teachings of his coach Ilias Iliadis and that of the sports director, Marko Spittka, have permeated the young Uzbek. Against Van T End, Bobonov laid down his law, scored waza-ari and managed his lead like a veteran. Igolnikov dispatched Khamza with more trouble but without trembling. He seized his moment to score waza-ari in golden score. It was not a judo as rare as to be remembered, but was effective.

Medal, cheques and mascots were presented by Mr Mike Tamura, Sport Director of the International Judo Federation and Mr Dorjpalam Narmandakh, Olympic Bronze Medallist

In the final, Igolnikov stunned Bobonov with a hip move that earned waza-ari. He is an uncomfortable judoka because he analyses his opponents very well and always has the right tactics to nullify them. A few seconds later, he executed a splendid ochi-gari to win a well-deserved gold.

Khamza jumped at the chance to win bronze and defeated Mansur Lorsanov of the IJF team. The second bronze medal went to Van T End, who won by hansoku make against Erland Sherov of Kyrgyzstan. 

Noel Van T End (blue) vs Erland Sherov



Bronze Medal Fights

SHEROV Erlan (KGZ) vs VAN T END Noel (NED)


Final Results

1. IGOLNIKOV Mikhail (IJF)

2. BOBONOV Davlat (UZB)

3. KHAMZA Didar (KAZ)

3. VAN T END Noel (NED)

5. LORSANOV Mansur (IJF)

5. SHEROV Erlan (KGZ)

7. MATHIEU Alexis (FRA)


See also