Azerbaijani Judokas Reach Semi-Final Of Grand Slam

(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 12. Grand Slam judotournament continues in Astana, Kazakhstan, with four Azerbaijanijudokas performing on the third day of the competition, Trend reports.

In the 90 kg category, European champion Elcan Hajiyev commencedthe tournament triumphantly. After breezing through the initialstage, the Azerbaijani representative secured victory in the 1/8finals against Yermakhan Anurbekov. Subsequently, Elcan defeatedIsrael's Lee Kochman in the following match, securing a spot in thesemi-finals where he will face Yahor Voropayev (AIN).

Meanwhile, in the same weight category, another Azerbaijanirepresentative mirrored this success. Vugar Talibov triumphed overMuhammedali Mavlidov (Kazakhstan), Kristofer Kaljulaid (Estonia),and Eldar Allahverdiyev (MIN) but fell short against German EdurarTrippel in the semi-finals. Talibov will now compete for the bronzemedal.

Moving to the 100 kg category, Ushangi Kokauri and JamalGamzatkhanov faced defeat in their opening matches. Ushangi wasbested by local competitor Madi Yedilbayev, while Jamal succumbedto Davit Kevlishvili of Spain.

To note, following the conclusion of the first day's events, theAzerbaijani team has secured a bronze medal, with Kamran Suleymanovclaiming third place in the 66 kg category.

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