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Victory for North Korea's world champion Kyong Sol

6 Jul 2014 17:10

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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World champion SOL Kyong (PRK) was on top form in Ulaanbaatar as she looked the sharpest of her country’s well-stocked delegation. Former European bronze medallist Luise MALZAHN (GER) gave her all and her spirited effort sent the contest into golden score as both judoka had two shido penalties each as SOL received a shido for a false attack while the remaining three offenses were for passivity. In golden score SOL emerged victorious as she scored an uki-goshi for ippon after 54 seconds.

In the first semi-final SOL defeated Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Abigel JOO (HUN) who was unable to get to grips with the style of her opponent as she chalked up four shido penalties for hansoku-make. In the second semi-final MALZAHN bested world number 91 Katarzyna FURMANEK (POL) with a powerful o-goshi for ippon.
The first bronze medal was won by world number eight Catherine ROBERGE (CAN) who outworked FURMANEK as the Polish judoka lost out on shido penalites. The Pole was penalised for passivity twice and once for an overly defensive grip while her rival was only penalised on two occasions for passivity. The second bronze medal contest was won by JOO who defeated OTGON Munkhtsetseg (MGL) with an uchi-mata earning ippon with 36 seconds left on the clock.
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