Israeli Judoka Wins Bronze After Iranian Gains Weight to Disqualify Himself

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The Jerusalem Post reports:  After being gifted a place into the last 16 by the withdrawal of an Iranian opponent, Israeli judoka Tohar Butbul went on to win a bronze medal at the Dusseldorf Grand Slam in Germany on Saturday.

Butbul, competing in the under-73 kilogram competition, received a bye into the second round where he was supposed to meet the winner of the bout between American Nick Delpopolo and Iran’s Mohammad Mahdi Brimanloo. However, after Delpopolo had to pull out injured, Brimanloo made sure to disqualify himself by being overweight in the weigh-in ahead of the start of the competition, sending Butbul into the last 16.

It remains to be seen if the International Judo Federation decides to take action against Brimanloo and follow in the footsteps of the world wrestling governing body which banned Iranian Alireza Karimi for six months last weekend after he was found guilty of deliberately throwing a match last November.

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