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Madeleine Malonga shows her talent again at Judo Grand Slam
11 May 2014 17:25
At the Grand Slam of Baku Madeleine MALONGA (FRA) was unbeatable in the -78kg category as she defeated Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Assunta GALEONE (ITA). MALONGA, 20, who missed out on selection for the European Championships, went one better than she did in Paris to catapult herself up towards the summit of the world ranking list. The Paris Grand Slam runner-up denied GALEONE by scoring a waza-ari from a ko-soto-gake as the Italian earned her first Grand Slam medal.
In the first semi-final Abu Dhabi Grand Prix bronze medallist Anastasiya DMITRIEVA (RUS) lost out to GALEONE after receiving four shido penalties for hansoku-make with the final indiscretion coming for passivity. In the second semi-final MALONGA defeated Warsaw European Open winner Guusje STEENHUIS (NED) despite tiring early in the contest. STEENHUIS, 21, who like her opponent is a new force in the category, was penalised with shido penalties for passivity and a false attack while the Frenchwoman had one shido for passivity.
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