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Daria Bilodid first gold medallist of 2018

19 Jan 2018 16:45

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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The very first final of the day, of the tournament and of the season opposed Alexandra Pop (ROU), who made her first appearance in the final of a Grand Prix, and the current European champion Daria Bilodid (UKR), who did not offer a single chance to her opponent in the final of the Grand Prix in Tunis and took the first gold of the year.

In the final in Tunis Daria Bilodid controlled Pop, pushed her down to the floor, and engaged an immediate sankaku-jime followed by an immobilisation for ippon after only a few seconds.

The first bronze medal contest opposed the 2015 Cadets World Champion, Diyora Keldiyorova (UZB) and Maryna Cherniak (UKR), who scored a first waza-ari with a o-soto-gari, which she kept alive until the end of the bout to win her tenth Grand Prix medal. Keldiyorova, who is only 19 years old, still has time to win as much medals on the World circuit as her elder.

In the second bronze medal contest, Julia Figueroa of Spain faced Tanaka Mei of Japan. Halfway to the end the scoreboard was still empty as none of the athletes were able to put their opponent in danger. At the end of regular time, only one shido was given to Tanaka, so the athletes entered the golden score. But only 16 seconds were enough for the Japanese to score a waza-ari with sumi-otoshi technique.

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