Azeri men grab team title for 11th gold

16 May 2017
Algeria's Oussama Djeddi (white) and Azerbaijan's Rustam Orujov compete in the Men's team Judo event
Turkey's Sinan Sandal (white) and Azerbaijan's Meirzhan Kaltayev compete in the Men's team Judo event
Azerbaijan (gold), Algeria (silver), Turkey and Uzbekistan's (bronze) team members attend the Men's team Judo podium ceremony

Azerbaijan secured yet another gold medal on the third and final day of judo action at the fourth Islamic Solidarity Games as they beat Algeria in the men's team final in Baku.

The men's team gold capped off a hugely successful three days of judo action for the host nation at the Heydar Aliyev Arena, but the Azeri women were unable to land the big one in their team final as they were beaten to gold by Turkey.

It was another absorbing day on the Caspian coastline, with Azerbaijan adding another title to their collection to assert themselves as the dominant judo force at these Games.

Monday was the turn of both team events and an Azeri men's outfit which featured four individual gold medallists and one silver medallist from these Islamic Solidarity Games lived up their billing as favourites.

Azerbaijan secured crushing wins over Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan to set up a gold-medal contest with Algeria, who saw off Kazakhstan to make it to the final.

A team boasting Elkhan Mammadov (-100kg gold), Mammadali Mehdiyev (90kg gold), Orkhan Safarov (60kg gold), Niiat Shikhalizada (66kg gold), Rustam Orujov (73kg silver), Rufat Ismayilov and Ushangi Kokauri edged it 3-2 in the final against an Algeria side which also featured a host of individual medallists from these Games.

Abderrahmane Benamadi (90kg silver), Nadjib Temmar (+100kg silver), Houz Zourdani (66kg silver), Lyes Bouyakoub (-100kg bronze) and Oussama Djeddi (73kg bronze) all shone on an individual level in Baku, and went mightily close to upsetting the odds in the men's team final, but had to settle for silver ahead of Turkey and Uzbekistan who clinched bronzes.

An extremely strong Turkish team powered their way to an emphatic victory in the women's team final as they destroyed the hosts 5-0 in the gold-medal showdown.

Sukran Bakacak (70kg silver), Cagri Guzelsoy (78kg silver), Busra Katipoglu (63kg gold), Irem Korkmaz (52kg gold), Nazlican Ozerler (57kg bronze) and Kayra Sayit (+78kg gold) had all won individual medals in Baku, and with another exceptional judoka in Dilara Lokmanhekim joining a seven-strong team, they grappled their way to group-stage victories over Algeria and Morocco before battering the Azeris in the final.

The Azeri team, featuring three individual silver medallists - Nazakat Azizova (52kg), Khanim Huseynova (63kg) and Iryna Kindzerska (+78kg) - took silver ahead of Uzbekistan, who beat Algeria 3-2 in the bronze-medal contest.

The host nation finish the judo with 26 medals, including 11 golds - half the gold medals on offer - which is well ahead of second-placed Turkey, who notched up four golds and a total of 14 medals on the mat.

Uzbekistan, the only other nation to finish the judo with more than one gold, took third place in the table with three golds and an overall haul of 10.
Algeria grabbed 12 medals at the Heydar Aliyev Arena but only one gold (four silvers, seven bronzes).

Gold for Turkey in the women's team final cemented top spot in the overall medals table at the Games.

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