Dutch judoka wins silver in Paris WC finals

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In the finals of the under-73kg category Dex Elmont met his match in Japanese judoka Riki Nakaya and came second just like in last year’s World Championships in Tokyo.

The Dutch 27-year-old 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 ippon. Dex Elmont, younger brother to former world champion Guillaume Elmont, needed no more than one minute and 17 seconds to defeat Turkish judoka Sezer Huysuz.

Georgian athlete Nugzar Tatalasjvili was thrown flat on his back in one 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. Problems

Elmont did run into trouble in his fight against Chinese Wei Liu, who lasted a long time but eventually lost the fight after a second penalty for 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 championships’ 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 because Elmont was twice penalised for too passive judo.

The Japanese judoka’s victory prevented Elmont from following in the footsteps of five former Dutch world 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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