Baku, June 7, AZERTAC
Azerbaijani judoka Karamat Huseynov has won the bronze medal at the World Championships held in Hungary. He has won the first medal for the Azerbaijani team.
Karamat Huseynov (60 kg weight category), reached the quarterfinals, defeating rivals Mohammad Rashnonezhad (Iran), Nicolae Foсa (Moldova) and Ryuju Nagayama (Japan). After losing to the French judoka, Huseynov defeated Unubold Lkhagvajamts (Mongolia), reports AZERTAC.
Huseynov finished his fight in the championship settling for bronze, defeating Kazakh Magzhan Shamshadin.
The 2021 Judo World Championships will end on June 13. About 668 judo fighters from 119 countries participate in the championship.
Founded in 1972, the Azerbaijan Judo Federation actively promotes this martial art throughout the country. Since 2015, the Federation is headed by Rovnag Abdullayev.
The country’s modern judo history was set by Mehman Azizov, who won a silver medal at the Old World Championship in 1998.
The list of the best judo fighters in the country includes Rustam Orujov, Irina Kindzerskaya, Mammadali Mehdiyev, Elmar Gasimov, Hidayat Heydarov, Zelim Kotsoev, Ushangi Kokauri and Nijat Shikhalizadeh.
Rustam Orujov is the silver medalist of the 2016 Summer Olympics in the men’s 73 kg event. Last year he was on the podium six times in various competitions. He obtained the silver medal at the Tokyo World Championships.
Irina Kindzerskaya also showed her full potential in the judo championship. The 2020 Dusseldorf Grand Slam final also added extra points for Irina in the judo ranking.
Mammadali Mehdiyev is a bronze medalist at the Minsk European Games. He was also fifth at the Grand Slam in Osaka, Paris and Dusseldorf.
Elmar Gasimov competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and won a silver medal in 2016.
The judoka won a gold medal at the 2009 European Junior Championships, after defeating Lukas Krpalek in the final. He also won bronze at the 2017 World Championship.
Hidayat Heydarov enriched the country’s medal table with a gold medal at the 2017 European Judo Championships. He defeated his teammate Rustam Orujov in the final of the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games.
Zelim Kotsoev became junior world champion in Zagreb in 2017 and he was also junior European champion in 2017 in Maribor.
He won the Antalya Grand Prix in 2018 and became the European under-18 cadet champion in 2014 in Athens and in 2015 in Sofia. The judoka won silver at the Sarajevo World Cadet Championship in 2015.
He also won the European Championship bronze in 2018 in Tel Aviv. Subsequently, he won two bronze medals at the Düsseldorf Grand Slam and silver in Abu Dhabi in 2019.
Ushangi Kokauri represented Azerbaijan at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He won bronze at the Grand Slam in Paris and Abu Dhabi. He got the fifth place in the European Games, the Grand Prix of Antalya and Tel Aviv.
Nijat Shikhalizadeh was second at the Oceania Open Cup in Perth. He also won a silver medal at the Baku Grand Slam.
Azerbaijani judokas continue to achieve success around the world, enriching the country’s medal table with new victories.
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