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Azerbaijani judoka claims silver at Antalya Grand Slam 2024

31 March 2024 13:38 (UTC+04:00)
Azerbaijani judoka claims silver at Antalya Grand Slam 2024
Laman Ismayilova
Laman Ismayilova
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Azerbaijani judoka Rashid Mammadaliyev (73 kg) has claimed a silver medal at Antalya Grand Slam 2024, Turkiye.

The judoka lost to the Moldovan Adil Osmanov in the final, Azernews reports.

Nine judokas represent Azerbaijan at Antalya Grand Slam 2024, which brings together 628 judokas from 93 countries.

Founded in 1972, the Azerbaijan Judo Federation actively promotes this martial art across the country. Since 2015, the Federation has been led by Rovnag Abdullayev.

The country's modern judo history was laid by Mehman Azizov, who won a silver medal at the Old World Championship in 1998.

A year later, the winner of the World Youth Games in Moscow, Rasul Salimov, grabbed the bronze medal at European Championship in Slovakia. Another national judoka, Elchin Ismayilov, became the European champion in 2000 in Wroclaw.

However, the achievements of Azerbaijani judo fighters did not stop there. Elnur Mammadli was named the best at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 73 kg division.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics gave fresh impetus to judo in Azerbaijan.

The list of the country's top judo fighters includes Rustam Orujov, İrina Kindzerskaya, Mammadali Mehdiyev, Elmar Gasimov, Hidayet Heydarov, Zelim Kotsoev, Ushangi Kokauri, and Nijat Shikhalizada.

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Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @lmntypewriterrr

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