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Sabrina Filzmoser shows her best self at Grand Slam Baku

9 May 2014 16:05

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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Top seed Sabrina Filzmoser (AUT) emerged triumphant as she defeated world bronze medallist Vlora Bedeti (SLO) in the -57kg final. Former European champion Filzmoser and her 22-year-old opponent failed to inspire the crowd as the contest lacked any notable action and ambition by the fighters. Bedeti earned four successive shido penalties for passivity, one more than her opponent, to receive hansoku-make in the last contest of the opening day.

In the first semi-final FILZMOSER bested Azerbaijan hope Kifayat GASIMOVA (AZE) with her trademark skills on the ground to reach the final. At the same stage BEDETI conquered Sindelfingen European Cup bronze medallist Tatiana NOSKOVA (RUS) by a yuko with three shido penalties against the Russian showing the gap in quality in the four minute bout.
The first bronze medal was won by the much-fancied Samsun Grand Prix winner Laetitia BLOT (FRA) who eventually saw off NOSKOVA in golden score after both judoka failed to score in the four minutes of regular time. An additional minute was required to separate the duo as NOSKOVA received a shido for passivity after she failed to match the attacking efforts of her tenacious opponent. The second bronze medal was won by GASIMOVA who made an immediate impact against Sofia European Open silver medallist Carla GROL (NED) by scoring a waza-ari after just 15 seconds. After exchanging shido penalties GASIMOVA captured her country’s first medal on the competition with a drop seoi-nage and matched her result from last year. 
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