Fame is fleeting, fame is fast. World Champion Kim Jae-Bum has lost his first bout as reigning World Champion after 16 days. At the IJF World Cup in Almaty the Korean star lost to Murat Khabachirov (RUS) after 2.5
minutes by ippon. The 22-year old Russian won the World Cup in Almaty, Kazachstan, by his victory over Kim U81kg. He previously won a World Cup in Baku and finished third at the World Cup in Madrid this year.
category had the most participants of all weights, 19 in total, not
comparable to the 79 warriors at the World Championships that motivates
immediately. Once more prove of the beauty of judo. Staying there is
tougher than getting there.
Yesterday Kamal Khan-Magomedov (RUS) won his second World Cup this year
U66kg. He previously won in Cairo, but lost in the first rounds of the
next two World Cups in Moscow (Grand Slam) and Ulaanbaatar. In this
final he defeated former double World Champion Arash Miresmaeili from
Iran who made his comeback. His last international match was the Beijing
Olympic Games where he finished ninth.
The winners in Almaty came most over from former Soviet States like
Kazachstan by wins of Timur Bolat U90kg and Maxim Rakov U100kg.
Uzbekistan celebrated the victory of Navruz Jurakobilov U73kg and Russia
won three categories in total.
On Saturday Mongolia’s Ganbat Boldbaatar defeated Evgeny Kudyakov (RUS) in the final U60kg.
In the heavyweight final on Sunday it was 21-year Renat Saidov (RUS) who
defeated 23-year old Korean Kim Sung-Min. Saidov also won the European
Cup in Orenburg this year. Saidov granted the third gold medal for
Russia in Kazachstan.