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Tamaoki Momo defeats Rio finallist Dorjsuren in tight final U57kg in Hohhot
30 Jun 2017 17:45
Japanese Tamaoki Momo made the most of her first IJF competition in 2017 as she won all five of her contests in Hohhot to come away with gold. The U57kg category is one of Japan’s deepest with world number one Yoshida Tsukasa the gold medal favourite for Budapest and so every competition counts for Tamaoki and she not did disappoint today.
Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist Dorjsuren Sumiya (MGL) fell behind to a waza-ari from a driving ouchi-gari and looked to be slipping to defeat before rescuing the contest with a waza-ari with three seconds left to tie up the scores. Four further minutes of action were required as five-time Grand Prix winner Dorjsuren received her third and final shido for passivity and was disqualified as Japan won their second gold medal on day one.
In the first semi-final Dorjsuren defeated three-time Grand Slam bronze medallist Viola Waechter (GER) in golden score with a drop morote-seoi-nage in a spectacular conclusion to an exciting contest. In the second semi-final Tamaoki conquered Ekaterinburg Grand Slam bronze medallist Jessica Klimkait (CAN) with an osoto-gari in golden score.
The first bronze medal was won by Klimkait after world number 94 Ri Hyo Sun (PRK) - who last graced the IJF circuit in 2015 – received a shido in golden score.
The second bronze medal was won by Waechter who gave her country a 100% medal-winning record in Hohhot by beating Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Margriet Bergstra (NED). Waechter, the only German judoka in China, threw beautifully with an uchi-mata after just 12 seconds for ippon and will expect to make her next appearance on the circuit at the Worlds in August.
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