The capital of the forthcoming World Judo Championship – Budapest, on June 25-26 hosted one of the last pre-olympic starts - Grand Prix series. 252 athletes from 55 countries attended the event. Seven athletes defended the honor of the Uzbek flag. Four of them won medals, the press service of the Judo Federation said.
During the starting day of the tournament Sharafiddin Lutfillaev (- 60 kg) in a battle for the third place won over the silver medalist of Grand Slam in Paris in 2016 Ilgar Mushkiev from Azerbaijan.
The double world champion Rishod Sobirov (- 66 kg) also won a bronze medal. In the two qualifying rounds he defeated wrestlers from Moldova and Hungary, and then in the semifinals he lost to an athlete from Slovenia, but in the fight for third place won over the silver medalist of Grand Prix in Tbilisi 2015 - judoka from Israel Baruch Shmailov.
Soib Kurbanov (- 100 kg) was close to the gold in the second day of competition. He perfectly spent two qualifying rounds, won in the semi-finals, but in the final lost to bronze medalist of Grand Slam in Paris in 2015, Netherlander Michelle Correll.
One of the most experienced judokas of Uzbekistan Gulnoza Matniyazova (- 70 kg) won the fourth medal. In the battle for third place, she won over the bronze medalist of the Asian Championship 2015 Japanese Karen Noon Ira.
Thus, four medals (three bronze and one silver) has allowed the national team of Uzbekistan to take 11th place in the medal standings.