Paltchik Edges ‘Personal Hero’ Liparteliani

In a moment Peter Paltchik will never forget, he faced and beat someone he admired for the longest time in Varlam Liparteliani. The Israeli managed to win the Paris Grand Slam major at the International Judo Federation’s Paris Grand Slam.

At the -100kg final, Liparteliani was penalized for diving after an unsuccessful uchi-mata attack. A multi-time medalist, Liparteliani claimed gold in Paris in 2013, 2015 and 2019. The 30-year-old won the silver medal at the 2016 Olympics.

World number six Paltchik won bronze in the 2018 European Judo Championships. Watching Liparteliani for many years, the 28-year-old was honored to take on someone as accomplished as him.

“He is a great athlete and one of my personal judo heroes, Paltchik stated, via JudoInside. “I could only dream about meeting him in the final in Paris and take the victory, he is an excellent fighter.”

Before facing off against one another, Paltchik beat world number one Michael Korrel (NED). The latter was penalized for a third indiscretion following a gripping infringement. Liparteliani defeated Arman Adamian of Russia in the semifinals, needing only 20 seconds and an ippon.

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