The 2019 Antalya Grand Prix in Turkey showed yet again how truly universal judo is. An incredible 14 different countries took the 14 golds on offer in a closely fought three-day tournament summed up by the final medals standings. It truly was a case of judo for all. And on the third and final thrilling day of the Antalya Grand Prix, Turkey was one of the countries to strike gold. Mikail Ozerler was our Man of the Day, throwing with a beautiful makikomi technique as he defeated Giorgi Papunashvili of Georgia in golden score of their -90kg final contest. Ozerler’s victory brought tremendous joy to the home crowd, especially the many Turkish children who had been in Antalya all weekend hoping for gold. The President of the Turkish Judo Federation, Sezer Huysuz, presented former world silver medallist Ozerler with his gold medal. “I felt the adrenaline when I went to the final and it really pumped me up. At the end of the day that’s really the important part for me: seeing the children being happy, seeing that you are an idol for them. They want to be like you and that’s really what makes me happy,” Mikail Ozerler said… Read full this story
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