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Uta Abe and Ai Shishime on track for Japanese final
21 Sep 2018 12:55
No huge surprises at the second day’s preliminaries as three out of four of the top U52kg seeds were able to progress into the semi-finals. The World Championships in Baku continue with a class that has developed over the last years.
Amandine Buchard (FRA), Abe Uta (JPN) and Erika Miranda (BRA) won their respective pools to live up to their billing.
In pool C Natalia Kuziutina (RUS) lost out to world champion Shishime Ai (JPN) by a waza-ari score.
While the results have largely gone by the form book so far, there’s still a lot of judo to come in the final block and the intensity is growing by the round.
Abe Uta (JPN) has been the most impressive judoka in the category thus far and could end up fighting her teammate and defending world champion Shishime Ai (JPN) with the -52kg crown on the line.
Buchard, Amandine (FRA) v Abe, Uta (JPN)
Miranda, Erika (BRA) v Shishime, Ai (JPN)
Gefen Primo (ISR) v Jessica Pereira (BRA)
Natalia Kuziutina (RUS) v Charline van Snick (BEL)
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