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Evelyne Tschopp first Swiss woman to win gold at IJF Tour
13 May 2016 14:45
Evelyne Tschopp finally won a big gold medal in the IJF World Tour. The Swiss was able to surprise Gili Cohen in the final U52kg with a fast score and she rapidly converted her move into oseikomi. The 24-year old Tschopp who lost her previous two finals at the Grand Slam of Paris (2015) and Oceania Open, was also surprised with such quick victory against last week’s winner in Baku.
Park Da Sol of Korea defeated Jaana Sundberg for the bronze bout with a yuko. Agata Perenc of Poland won the bronze after she caught Belarussian Darya Skrypnik by waza-ari after a good left seoi nage. Skrypnik won World bronze an Kazachstan last year but had problems with the active Polish who won the bronze. Tschopp defeated both bronze medallists, so the clear winner in Almaty. With 300 points Tschopp likely qualified for the Olympics now as she will dive into the top 18 now and she may even join the Masters in Guadalajara where the best 16 are selected but there are lots of cancellations for Mexico.
Tschopp is the first Swiss woman to be crowned as winner at an IJF tour. Domenik Wenzinger did it in 2013 in Zagreb.
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