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Uzbeks show well at Grand Slam Tokyo

Two men win bronze in judo tournament; Kazakh women shut out

By Dan Schwind


Two Uzbek men came away from the 2009 Grand Slam Tokyo International Judo Tournament with bronze medals in their weight class, with at least two others advancing before losing to the eventual champion of his weight class.

Dilshod Choriev won a bronze medal for the under-90-kg weight class and Abdullo Tangriev, 28, won a bronze in the over-100-kg weight class, according to the All Japan Judo Federation (AJJF).

The three-day tournament, held in Japan December 11-13, is an officially recognized tournament by the International Judo Federation (IJF).

According to AJJF, the Grand Slam is considered a preview for the 2010 World Championships, which will be held in Tokyo next September.

AJJF reported that Tangriev’s loss in the semi-finals was a mild upset. Tangriev won a silver medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships.

With his Bronze Medal victory December 12, he now has five gold medals, two silvers and five bronze in international competition since he began in 2002.

The reporter for the AJJF said Choriev’s win in the quarterfinals was the only thing preventing an all-Japanese semi-finals for the under-90 weight class. Choriev’s bronze was his third bronze medal in international competition. He also has two gold medals and one silver.

With their success in the Grand Slam, Choriev and Tangriev also qualified for the 2010 IJF Masters Tournament, which will be held in January in Korea, the IJF reported.

A third Uzbek, Rishod Sobirov also qualified for the tournament’s under-60-kg weight class, having won his first match at the Grand Slam, but not advancing past the preliminary rounds.

The Kazakh women’s squad had a disappointing performance in the Grand Slam, though one of the women – Zarina Abdrassulova (over-78 weight class) – qualified for the IJF Masters Tournament in January.

Kalzhan Taizhanova and Galiya Ulmentayeva took part in the under-78 weight class. Taizhanova lost in the first round to eventual runner-up Sayaka Anai of Japan, while Ulmentayeva lost to the eventual champion, Akari Ogata, also of Japan.

Navruz Jurakobilov, Shokir Muminov and Sherali Pulatov all represented Uzbekistan in the men’s tournament as well. Jurakobilov won his first match in the under-73 weight class, but lost in the second round to eventual champion, Wang Ki-Chun of Korea, AJJF reported.

Pulatov also won his first match, but lost to eventual runner-up, Takamasa Anai of Japan. Muminov lost early.

Albina Amangeldiyeva (under-70), Lenariya Mingazova (under-52), Alina Ten (under-57) and Marian Urdabayeva (under-70) all represented the Kazakh women’s team as well. All four lost in the preliminaries.

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