Illustrative photo – Czech judoka Lukáš Krpálek (right) at the World Championships in the final of the category under 100 kilograms lost to the Russian Arman Adamjan, who could only compete in neutral colors at the championship due to the war in Ukraine, May 12 2023.
Linz – Judist Lukáš Krpálek won the Grand Prix in Linz two weeks after winning silver at the World Championships. At the tournament in Austria, the native of Jihlava competed in the category over 100 kg, in contrast to the championship in Doha, in which he fought after winning the first Olympic gold in the years 2017-2022.
The thirty-two-year-old Krpálek defeated four opponents on his way to triumph in Linz. He defeated the Israeli Yevgenije Šmachilin, the Slovenian Enej Marinić and the Turkish Ibrahim Tataroglu in the third minute of the regular four-minute period. He reached the “golden score” only in his final duel with the German Lossen Kon, who received the third shido in the sixth minute of the fight. Pix and the first since 2018, when he won in Cancún.
Renata Zachová took care of the second best Czech result in Linz, who was seventh in the weight category up to 63 kg with a balance of two wins and two losses.