Liparteliani shines in Cuba

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Liparteliani shines in Cuba

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Georgia’s Varlam Liparteliani won the gold medal at the Havana Grand Prix in Cuba on Sunday after outclassing Brazil’s Tiago Camilo in the under 90 kilo category. The world number one overcame an early shido to down his opponent with two consecutive waza-aris

The bronze medals were won by Russia’s Kirill Voprosov and Beka Gviniashvili of Georgia.

America’s Kayla Harrison impressed on her return to the tatami after a one year absence due to a series of injuries.

The Olympic champion beat Audrey Tcheumeo in the under 78 kilo final while Belgium’s Toma Nikiforov reigned supreme in the under 100 kilo class.

The 21-year-old, who was up against Flavio Orlik in the showpiece match, won by ippon after 80 seconds.

Elsewhere, China’s Sisi Ma took heavyweight gold as she edged out Franziska Konitz while Britain’s Chris Sherrington beat local hope Arlendy Morales and Georgia’s Levani Matiashvili with ippons before losing out to Russia’s Renat Saidov in the final.