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World champion Munhkbat strikes first in Baku

9 May 2014 14:55

 IJF Media Department    IJF Media Team / IJF
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World champion Munhkbat Urantsetseg (MGL) captured -48kg gold in Baku with victory against Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Amelie Rosseneu (ISR) who finished fifth at the European Championships in April. Munhkbat, who was targeting her first gold medal since winning the world crown in Rio, took the lead with a yuko and was sharp in ne-waza as she trapped the arm of Rosseneu while on her back and traded places with her opponent to force her to submit after 47 seconds.

In the first semi-final Munhkbat disposed of Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Sumeyye Akkus (TUR). The Mongolian was penalised with a shido for tucking underneath the advancing arm of the attacking Akkus before some assured ne-waza saw her free the arm of her opponent to win by juji-gatame with 54 seconds remaining. In the second semi-final Rosseneu surged past Valentina MOSCATT (ITA) in just 35 seconds as she also won by juji-gatame as her Italian opponent held her arm before eventually returning to her feet for the referee to award the contest to the Israeli judoka.
The first bronze medal was awarded to London 2012 Olympian Nataliya KONDRATYEVA (RUS) who submitted  MOSCATT who had to tap out to a juji-gatame for a second successive contest after exactly two minutes. KONDRATYEVA was penalised with a shido for not taking a grip after 80 seconds but swiftly increased her efforts to subdue her opponent. The second bronze medal was won by LOKMANHEKIM against compatriot AKKUS in a contest which will surely have repercussions with regards to future selections for Turkey who still have the highly-rated Ebru SAHIN to return to action from injury. LOKMANHEKIM, a slow starter, received a shido for passivity and picked up a second for going out of the area at the halfway mark with both judoka yet to score. LOKMANHEKIM was victorious as she defeated her teammate by yuko from an ouchi-gari having repeatedly threatened with ashi-waza. There was no way back for AKKUS who had to settle for fifth-place. 

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  • Urantsetseg Munkhbat (MGL) - Grand Slam Baku (2014, AZE) - © IJF Media Team, IJF
  • Urantsetseg Munkhbat (MGL), Amelie Rosseneu (ISR), Nataliya Komova (RUS), Dilara Lokmanhekim (TUR) - Grand Slam Baku (2014, AZE) - © IJF Media Team, IJF
  • Amelie Rosseneu (ISR) - Grand Slam Baku (2014, AZE) - © IJF Media Team, IJF

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