Maruyama Wins Second Grand Prix
After winning two silver medals in prior Grand Slam’s, Maruyama Joshiro would win his second gold medal when he went undefeated in the U66kg category.
While Maruyama would face a stiff challenge from three-time world silver medalist Mikhail Puliaev, but find a way to stay undefeated and walk out of Hohhut with the gold.
Maruyama is the protege of 1984 Olympic gold medalist Hosokawa Shibji and trained along with his brother Maruyama Goki and former Olympic champion Ono Shohei.
In the semi-final Maruyama would defeat three time Grand Prix winner Abdula Abdulzhalilov by waza-ari, while Sebastian Seidl would be disqualified for three shidos against three-time world silver medalist Mikhail Puliaev.
Original Story: Judo Inside