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Exciting men's U73kg tournament at second day in Budapest
24 Oct 2020 12:10
At the second day of the Grand Slam in Budapest there will be some juicy contests to look out for. Russia was strong at day one in the men’s division. Three different nations won gold for women and the second day will again deliver fireworks. The fans will be missed, clustered at home at their laptop to watch the stream. Therefor Oon Yeoh of JudoCrazy covers the top favourites for you.
The two exciting Japanese players Hashimoto and Ono are missing. But World No. 2 Orujov (AZE) is there. Top fighters challenging him are Margelidon (CAN), Ciloglu (TUR), Butbul (ISR) and Gjakova (KOS). There are several dark horses who are not ranked highly but could pull a surprise, namely Mogushkov (RUS), Shavdatuashvili (GEO) and Smagulov (KAZ). This is probably the most exciting category of the men’s competition.
Two top players, Agbegnenou (FRA) and Tashiro (JPN) are missing but World No. 2 Trstenjak (SLO) is competing. She is obviously the top favorite. Beauchemin-Pinard (CAN) and Quadros (BRA) would be her main challengers but they have never beaten her before.
If the men’s -73kg division is the most exciting one, the -81kg comes a close second, with many exciting players contesting. There are some top players missing, such as Casse (BEL) and Muki (ISR) but Albayrak (TUR), the World No. 4 will be there. Other top players competing are Valois-Fortier (CAN), Mollaei (MGL), De Wit (NED), Khalmurzaev (RUS), Lappinagov (RUS). Dark horses are Ivanov (BUL) and Heydarov (AZE), who has moved up a category.
It could very well prove to be an all-France final between Gahie and Pinot, who are ranked No. 1 and 6 respectively. Quite a lot of top players are missing, such as Arai (JPN), Van Dijke (NED), Polling (NED) and Conway (GBR). This category can be called weak with many athletes absent and Barbara Timo who returned from an operation who walks into the quarter finals without fighting.
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