Picture of the Month
This month's picture
features Vitali Makarov RUS and Yusuka Kanamuru JPN in -73 Kg Final of the 2001 World Championships.
This was without doubt one of the best displays of " The Spirit of Judo"
demonstrated at the recent World Championships.
Both players had reached the final, beating all their opponents with
Ippon or 2 Wazari's. They now fought the most exciting World final seen
for many years.
With the spectators changing player allegiance throughout the match as
first one and then the other displayed flashes of brilliance, Vitali
Makarov in the last minute finally scored the decisive Ippon.
After the contest had been awarded the players came forward to shake
hands and, far from looking dejected, Yusuka gave Vitali a friendly
punch to the chest with the broadest smile as if to say "Well done, you
beat me this time".
A gesture in the true spirit of our sport.
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