Toma Nikiforov wins his first Grand Slam in Tashkent: “I have less weight on my shoulders”
The Brussels resident defeated the Bulgarian Georgiev to offer himself a superb gold medal and to open the road to the Tokyo Games…
This Sunday, in Tashkent, Toma Nikiforov was the smallest on the podium, but the strongest on the tatami! With tears in his eyes hearing “La Brabançonne” and seeing the Belgian flag rise, between that of Bulgaria (his country of origin) and those of Mongolia and Uzbekistan (his victims of the day), the Brussels resident has savored the moment. Toma finally holds her her first Grand Slam gold medal.
“It is one of the most beautiful!” he explains, once back at the hotel after having fulfilled all his protocol obligations. It is true that at the end of five titanic fights, which saw him go through all the emotions, he and his coach Damiano Martinuzzi, Toma won this famous and precious medal that he had been waiting for since April 5, 2019, in Antalya. .