Tajima topples Caribbean opposition for Japan’s sixth Junior world title
Tajima Goki of Japan was one of the most prolific scorers of the third match day at the World Junior Championships in Zagreb as he accumulated five ippons in as many fights and three waza-ari scores. Robert Florentino became the first male World Judo Championships medallist for the Dominican Republic.
All Japan Junior Championships bronze medallist Tajima threw 20-year-old Junior Pan American Championships winner Robert Florentino (DOM) for a waza-ari score before sealing his first world gold medal by ippon for an emphatic victory.
In the first semi-final Tajima defeated Junior European Championships bronze medallist Jamal Petgrave (GBR) by ippon having originally been in front by a waza-ari score. In the second semi-final Florentino shocked 20-year-old Junior European Championships winner Aurelien Diesse (FRA) by a waza-ari score.
The first bronze medal was won by national senior champion Eduard Trippel (GER) who triumphed against Diesse by ippon.
The second bronze medal was claimed by Junior Asian Championships winner Nagai Koshi (JPN) who scored three waza-ari without reply against Petgrave of Great Britain.