Dutch judoka wins silver at Paris finals
Dutchman Dex Elmont met his match in Japanese judoka Riki Nakaya in the finals of the under-73 kilogram category and came second - just like last year’s World Championships in Tokyo.
27-year-old Elmont was in great form for most of the second day of the World Championships in Paris, winning no less than four out of seven fights by a full point. Dex Elmont, the younger brother of former Dutch world champion Guillaume Elmont, needed no more than 1 minute 17 seconds to defeat Turkish judoka Sezer Huysuz.
Georgian athlete Nugzar Tatalashvili was thrown flat on his back in 1 minute 58 seconds and Venezuelan Antonio Rivas lasted no more than 13 seconds. In the quarter finals, Belgian judoka Dirk van Tichelt was defeated by Elmont in just over a minute.
Elmont did run into trouble in his fight against Wei Liu of China, who lasted a long time but eventually lost the fight after a second penalty for too passive judo. In the semi-finals, neither Elmont nor his French opponent were able to score any points, but the three umpires decided Elmont was the winner.
In his second consecutive world championship finals Elmont once again faced a Japanese opponent. After losing to Hiroyuki Akimoto in Tokyo last year, this time it was Riki Nakaya who proved too strong. He won the match when Elmont was penalised twice for being too passive.
The Japanese victory prevented Elmont from following in the footsteps of five former Dutch world judo champions: Anton Geesink 1961, 1965, Wim Ruska 1967, 1971, Guillaume Elmont 2005, Dennis van der Geest 2005 and Ruben Houkes 2007.
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