Monday, August 25, 2014

Men's -60kg

Pool A
Takato's tooth gets knocked out
In his first match, top contender Naohisa Takato defeated Bulgaria's Yanislav Gerchev with sutemi-waza, once for yuko and once for waza-ari. In that match, one of his front teeth actually got dislodged.

His next fight was against the awkward Armenian, Hovhannes Davtyan, who likes to dominate his opponents with his high left-hand grip. Takato had obviously prepared for this and was able to negate Davtyan's gripping strategy by locking down his left arm. He eventually beat the Armenian with a direct attack ouchi-gari for waza-ari and then another ouchi-gari, this time as a counter, for ippon.

His quarterfinal match was against Israel's Artiom Arshanki who he beat with a well-timed uchimata sukashi for ippon.

Pool B
The other three top seeds had a bye for the first round but Russia's Beslan Mudranov had a fight in his first round fight, against Venezuela's Javier Guedez, whom he countered for waza-ari but eventually won when Guedez accumulated four shidos and get hansoku-make.

He proceeded to defeat Pavel Petrikov of the Czech Republic with a double-sleeved drop sode-tsuri-komi-goshi for waza-ari followed by an armlock for ippon. Next, he defeated Brazil's Eric Takabakate with kouchi-makikomi for ippon.

South Korea's relative unknown Choi In Hyuk has done well getting all the way through the quarterfinal where he met Mudranov. He was no match for the Russian who threw him with a side takedown for waza-ari, immediately followed by a juji-gatame for ippon. It was a masterful display of transition into groundwork.  

Pool C
The commitment shown in this hip throw is remarkable.
Georgia's powerhouse, Amiran Papinashvili was on top form and he demolished all comers on his way to the semi-final. First he dispatched Mooren of the Netherlands with a dynamic sacrifice-style hiza-guruma for a waza-ari win. Next, he soundly defeated Great Britain's Ashley McKenzie with double-sleeve drop sode for waza-ari and then a sacrifice-style kosoto-gari for waza-ari-awasatte-ipoon.

He nearly came unstuck in his quarterfinal match against France's Sofiane Milous who scored in the opening seconds with a reverse seoi-nage that was awarded waza-ari. Then he attacked with a very low ouchi-gari for yuko. Undaunted, Papinashvili clawed his way back, first throwing Milous with a fully committed harai-goshi that had both men flying through the air. Remarkably, Milous conceded only a yuko. Then with a timely hand technique, the Georgian managed to flip his French opponent over for waza-ari. With a minute left, Papinashvili managed to pin Milous for an ippon.

Pool D
Mongolia's Ganbat Boldbaatar beat his first two opponents by ippon. First was Turkey's Ahmet Sahin Kaba whom he countered for waza-ari then held down for waza-ari-awasatte-ippon. Next Taiwan's Ming Yen Tsai with a kosoto-gari counter. In his quarterfinal match, he had a harder time against Kazakhstan's Aibek Imashev whom he defeated by yuko from an ouchi-gari attack. But he was through to the semi-final.

Semifinal 1

Mudranov landed on his side so only yuko scored
The Match of the Day must have been Takato's fight against Mudranov, which saw both players going all out resulting in many overthrows and flights in the air.

Both had scored yuko each and the only thing that separated them in the end was a shido that Takato had received for straying outside the contest area. That was a bit controversial because although he did stray out, it was in the midst of a grip fight.

Here, Mudranov's back never hits the mat, no score

Takato was clearly upset after the match because of a throw that was downgraded from waza-ari to yuko and another one that was cancelled after it was initially given a yuko.

In both cases, the referee's calls were over-ridden by the video judges after they reviewed the throws.

Video analysis shows that both were the right calls. The first one, which was an overthrow, saw Mudranov landing on his side, which merited a yuko not a waza-ari. The second one had Mudranov landing on his backside, which doesn't merit a score.

  Here are highlights of that classic battle:

Semifinal 2
In contrast, the other semi-final match was rather boring. Boldbataar won the fight through penalties. He had two shidos to Papinashvili's three.

Bronze 1
In the first bronze medal fight between Israel's Arshanki and Papinashvili, the Israeli scored first with a seoi-nage for yuko. He seemed to be on the way towards winning the match when in the final moments, a desperate seoi-nage attack allowed his opponent, Papinashvili to counter him for waza-ari.

Bronze 2
Takato got the shock of his life when he got countered by Kazakhstan's Imashev for waza-ari. During the subsequent groundwork attack by Imashev, Takato's mouth started to bleed due to the injury from his broken tooth from his first fight. His treatment caused a long delay in the match. But when he came back, he did so with a fury, dumping his opponent with an ura-nage for ippon.

Mudranov gets a shido for stepping out. Then both men get shido for not attacking. It was clearly a tactical match where both players were wary of each other. The closest thing to a scoring throw was when Boldbataar executed a drop sode that sent Mudranov flying but he ended up landing on his front. Boldbaatar also nearly countered Mudranov's side takedown attempt but no score. Boldbataar then lets the time run out wins the gold by penalties, one shido against Mudranov's two. He is the second Mongolian male to win a world title (after Khashbataar).

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