Niko Sherazadishvili Secures Bronze at Judo World Cup Ahead of Olympic Games

Two months until the Olympic Games, Niko Sherazadishvili has won bronze at the Judo World Cup in Abu Dhabi. He defeated Canadian Kyle Reyes in the medal match, in the -100 kilo category. Repeat the same metal as achieved in the European championship in November last year.

After nine months without competing due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament at the Jerusalem Masters in December 2022, Niko returned at the Baku Grand Slam in September 2023. Only 42 days later he stepped on the podium again with continental bronze. This 2024 she has already won silver in the Portuguese Grand Prix and the Paris Grand Slam and gold in Tbilisi. Now this world bronze arrives. Results that confirm him as a serious medal option at the Paris Games.

This is your third world medal after the golds of 2018 and 2019, on that occasion at -90 kilos. After the Tokyo Games, in which he lost in the playoff for bronze, he decided to change weight.

Niko Shera defeated Brazilian Rafael Buzacarini in his first fight. In the second he won by ippon against the Colombian Francisco Balanta

Then He ran into Zelim Kotsoiev, world bronze in 2022 and 2023 and current European champion. The Azerbaijani was his rival in the quarterfinals of the last European Championship and closed the doors to the fight for gold. On that occasion, Niko also later won bronze via repechage. He was once again condemned to follow this path to the podium.

He combat was condemned to the golden point. As in the European Championship, Kotsoiev won by shidos. The German George Udsilauri, whom he had already beaten in their only confrontation, was his next rival. Niko won by ippon after pinning him. The medal was played against the Canadian Kyle Reyes, silver in the 2022 World Cup. The fight reached the golden point. And there, chen 4 minutes and 49 minutes into the duel, the third shido fell for Reyes, giving the victory to Niko Shera..

It is the second medal of the Spanish delegation in this World Cup after Tristani ‘Tato’ Mosakhlishvili’s bronze at -90 kilos. The Spaniard, also of Georgian origin like Niko Shera, arrived in Spain in 2017 and joined the group trained by Quino Ruiz in Brunete, along with Shera himself, for whom he was a sparring partner on many training days.

2024-05-24 06:45:26
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