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European champion Kim Polling extends world lead

10 May 2014 18:25

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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European kingpin Kim Polling (NED) extended her lead at the top of the world ranking list by defeating Samsun Grand Prix runner-up Sally Conway (GBR). Polling, who entered the competition 600 points clear of her nearest rival, Germany’s Laura VARGAS-KOCH, scored a waza-ari from an ippon seoi-nage which world number seven Conway initially rested but the strength of the Dutchwoman eventually brought the Brit onto her back. Conway defended several uchi-mata attempts and worked diligently on the ground but her opponent was equal to those attacks.

The first semi-final matched the recently crowned European champion Polling against the reigning African champion Assmaa NIANG (MAR). Dutch ace Polling received a shido for a false attack and NIANG infringed shortly after for passivity. The top seed countered an ouchi-gari attempt from NIANG to bring her down for ippon. In the second semi-final CONWAY defeated Warsaw European Open bronze medallist Heide WOLLERT (GER) with a come-from-behind victory. The British judoka scored a yuko from an uchi-mata to level the scoring after WOLLERT was first to register but the German fighter crucially conceded a shido penalty for a false attack to gift CONWAY a place in the final.

The first bronze medal was claimed by WOLLERT who strolled past Rome European bronze medallist Anka POGACNIK (SLO) by pinning her down with mune-gatame in the second minute with minimal resistance. The second bronze medal was destined for Poland as former Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Katarzyna KLYS (POL) won a battle of shido penalties against NIANG. The Morrocan received three penalties for an overly defensive posture, not taking a grip and passivity while her opponent received one penalty for her negative posture.   
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