The Olympic bronze medalist from Tokyo won three fights in the 81 kg class on Saturday and lost in the final to South Korea’s Lee Joon-hwan, who had previously eliminated Olympic champion Takanori Nagase of Japan, with waza-ari. The 26-year-old from Wels received 350 points for the Olympic qualification for Paris 2024 for second place.
“It annoys me that I found my way into the fight against Lee too late. Only at the end did I fight the way I had planned,” Borchashvili was disappointed with the defeat in the final. Consolation came from ÖJV head coach Yvonne Bönisch: “Shamil was above all brave in combat today, and he also presented himself tactically against right-wing fighters much better than at the European Championships. We can be absolutely satisfied with this start to the Olympic qualification. “
In Mongolia, three ÖJV judoka were missing with Michaela Polleres, Katharina Tanzer and Daniel Allerstorfer due to corona infections.