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Cho Gu-Ham prolongs title in Jeju
28 Nov 2015 10:35
Reigning Tokyo Grand Slam winner Cho Gu-ham of Korea recorded his second Grand Prix win in his homeland as he defeated Pan American Games bronze medallist Jose Armenteros (CUB) in the U100kg final in Jeju. Cho, 23, who is a hugely popular member of the South Korean team, stormed past the 22-year-old Cuban by ippon after 60 seconds with a reverse-seoi-nage. The home fighter was all smiles as his teammates lapped up the achievement of their hard-working colleague.
In the first semi-final former world silver medallist Armenteros saw off World Judo Masters winner Gasimov by ippon while in the second semi-final Cho stunned Olympic champion Tagir Khaibulaev (RUS) after three minutes by ippon.
The first bronze medal was won by Khaibulaev who trapped Pan American Games winner Luciano Correa (BRA) in osaekomi with a ushiro-kesa-gatame. Khaibulaev has now won four Grand Prix medals and secured today’s with the aforementioned holddown for 20 seconds to earn ippon. The second bronze medal was won by Gasimov, who despite looking lethargic all day long, had enough quality to defeat 21-year-old IJF World Judo Tour rookie Sakamoto Kensuke (JPN). The Azerbaijan ace caught Sakamoto with a ko-soto-gake for ippon with 101 seconds left.
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Menno Kok (NED)