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Olympic and world silver medallist Varlam Liparteliani (GEO) held up three fingers to signify his third win at at the Paris Grand Slam. Former world champion Wolf Aaron (JPN) was caught with a uchi-mata for a waza-ari score and Georgia’s captain fantastic held on to win his country’s first gold medal at the first Grand Slam of the year.
In the first semi-final world champion Cho Guham (KOR) fell to Liparteliani by ippon
In the second semi-final The Hague Grand Prix winner Paltchik Peter (ISR) fell into a holddown from Wolf and there was no way out for the in-form Israeli.
The first bronze medal was won by Paltchik who beat world number 45 Zlatko Kumric (CRO) in his first start for 2019. Paltchik, who missed the Tel Aviv Grand Prix due to sickness, scored twice without reply to provide Israel with their second medal in Paris.
The second bronze medal went to Cho who moved under Cancun Grand Prix winner Niiaz Bilalov (RUS) to throw with his trademark ippon seoi-nage for the maximum score.
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