An athlete from Tuapse Mikhail Igolnikov became the winner of the Grand Slam tournament in the capital of Mongolia, Ulan Bator. Competitions are included in the Olympic qualification program.
Russian athletes were able to achieve performance in a neutral status. 5 judokas from the Krasnodar Territory went to Mongolia. The most titled was the two-time European champion (2018 and 2020), participant of the Olympic Games in Tokyo Mikhail Igolnikov. Also Kuban in Ulaanbaatar was represented by Valery Endovitsky, Ayub Bliev, Ksenia Galitskaya and Daria Vladimirova.
Mikhail Igolnikov on the final day of the competition became the winner in his crowning weight up to 90 kilograms. The Tuapse won the first fight in the tournament in just 31 seconds, successfully performing a choke hold. And then Igolnikov, having defeated two more rivals, confidently reached the decisive battle.
In the final, the 25-year-old Kuban met with the medalist of the Tokyo Olympics and the World Championship Davlat Bobonov from Uzbekistan. Igolnikov controlled the course of the meeting and achieved a clear victory with “ippon”. The success of an athlete from Tuapse helped the Russian team win the team event, the Russians won 5 gold medals, and Japan – 4.
The rest of the Kuban athletes could not get to the fights for medals. Often they were not lucky with the lot, they lost to titled opponents in the early rounds.
Vice-champion of the European Championship among youths, juniors and youth under 23 Ayub Bliev (up to 60 kg) lost at the beginning of the competition to the Mongolian athlete Samiyabazar Enkhtaivan. In the weight category up to 57 kilograms, the 2021 world junior champion Ksenia Galitskaya lost to the 2022 European champion Nelson Levy from Israel in the first bout of the tournament in extra time and could not continue to fight for medals according to the rules.
In the category over 78 kg, the silver medalist of the 2019 European Junior Championships Daria Vladimirova lost in the first round only due to comments from the Israeli Rez Gershko, who later became the winner of the tournament. Valery Endovitsky from Novorossiysk did not take part in the heavyweight category.
Earlier, Kuban judoists successfully performed at the tournament in Krasnoyarsk.
Source From: MK