Top 50 Moments of 2017: No. 50 - Home advantage powers Uzbekistan to judo glory

Hosts win eight of 12 events at Asian-Oceanian Championships 12 Nov 2017
a group of four judokas stand smiling on the podium
ⒸJanos Tardos

Uzbekistan showed their strength in judo as they claimed eight golds of the 12 events contested at the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Judo Asian-Oceanian Championships on home soil in the capital city of Tashkent, between 26 and 27 May.

With the year coming to an end, we are counting down the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Top 50 Moments of 2017. The Uzbek judokas’ regional supremacy kicks off the countdown.

Rio 2016 champion and home crowd favourite Sherzod Namozov won the men’s -60kg following a victory over South Korea’s Min Jae Lee in the final. Namozov’s compatriot and Paralympic bronze medallist Shukhrat Boboev celebrated gold in the men’s -90kg.

It was an all-Uzbek showdown in the men’s -73kg final as Rio 2016 bronze medallist Feruz Sayidov beat teammate Davurkhon Karomatov.

The remaining four golds were divided between South Korea and Iran.

Paralympic champion Gwang Geun Choi beat Uzbekistan’s Rio 2016 bronze medallist Shirin Sharipov in the men’s +100kg final, while Yunho Kim took gold in the men’s -81kg to help South Korea end with two golds.

Iran also celebrated double gold as Saeid Rahmati finished first in the men’s -66kg and Ehsan Mousanezhad Karmozdi won the men’s -100kg.

In the women’s events it was a similar tale of dominance for Uzbekistan as they swept the board to add further five golds to their medal tally.

Yokutkhon Komilova topped the podium in the -48kg category, as did Sevinch Salaeva (-52kg), Nafisa Sheripboeva (-57kg), Tursunpashsha Nurmetova (-63kg) and Vasila Aliboeva (-70kg).

The full rundown of the Top 50 Moments will continue until 31 December.