Italian Odette Giuffrida Shines with First World Title Win: Bavuudorj and Sardalashvili Also Take Gold

The Italian Odette Giuffrida in splendid form wins her first world title. Excellent performances also for Baasankhuu Bavuudorj and Giorgi Sardalashvili who obtained gold. Assunta Scutto also reached the final but was beaten at the last second


Around the WorldInternational Judo Federation has finally arrived in the Emirates and precisely to Abu Dhabi after the stage of Astana in Kazakhstan for the highly anticipated 2024 edition of the World Championships.

It is a great opportunity for the world’s greatest judokas to write their names in the books of sporting history.

At the Mubadala arena the young Neapolitan judoka and double world bronze medalist Assunta Scuttoreaches the final in the -48 kg category with an incredible performance to say the least.

But on the other side Basankhu BavudorjMongolian judoka, gets the gold medal with a brilliant performance.

The final was very tensea last-gasp match but Bavuudorj struck as time expired, thus averting bad luck after a failed attack and securing his first world title.

Basankhu Bavudorj is in ecstatic for his first title: a gold. “I’m happy right now, I’m grateful that my first world medal is a gold. I would like to thank all my coaches and the rest of the nation.”

Presenting the medals is our Italian Settimo Nizzi, mayor of the city of Olbia in Sardinia.

An explosive Sardalashvili: the youngest Georgian champion

In the -60 kg the Taiwanese judoka Yang Yung-wei arrives at the final in the manner with a proud and confident look. His opponent, after some spectacular ippon, was the young and explosive Georgian Giorgi Sardalashvili.

In the final a desperate attack by Yang is skillfully countered by Sardalashvili who earns the title by becoming the youngest world champion from his country.

This time the medal is presented by Tania Missoni, member of the Board of Directors of the Missoni brand.

“It was the my big dream since I was a child“, says Sardalashvili with a smile that lights up the arena.

“I don’t know what happened, but I’m world champion. I wanted the red number on my back and it went well for me“.

Blue dream: Giuffrida gets her first world title

Nei -52 kg, the Uzbek judoka Diyora Keldiyorovashe is the favorite for gold right away, and this is increasingly clear as the minutes pass. But in an unpredictable ending faces the Italian Odette Giuffrida in great shape.

The meeting is at its last breath. Giuffrida’s amazing footwork was decisive as she tripped Keldiyorova and dragged her forward for the winning point. And so Giuffrida lets out a cry of joy, an explosion of emotions for our Roman athlete who obtains the shis first world title.

David Lappartient, President of the International Cycling Union, presented her with the medal.

“For me Abu Dhabi is magical”said an emotional Odette Giuffrida.

“When I got here, I said to myself, ‘maybe the magic isn’t gone yet, I will do everything to win‘ and today it worked.”

2024-05-19 21:35:36
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