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Tsend-Ayush Naranjargal takes gold at home in Ulaanbaatar

5 Jul 2014 16:25

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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Reigning Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix silver medallist Tsend-Ayush Naranjargal (MGL) went one better this year as she defeated Asian champion Hwang Ye-Sul (KOR) to hear the Mongolian anthem as she stood on top of the medal podium of the Grand Prix in Ulaanbaatar. Tsend-Ayush was slick in transitioning into ne-waza on the edge of the tatami to submit Hwang with a juji-gatame.

In the first semi-final contest former world number one Kelita ZUPANCIC (CAN) was beaten by TSEND AYUSH. The Mongolian went ahead with a waza-ari score and there was no way back for the Canadian who received a shido for passivity as she failed to impose herself in the contest. In the second semi-final 19-year-old Asian Championships bronze medallist Gulnoza MATNIYAZOVA (UZB) fell to HWANG who trapped her with osaekomi after both judoka were penalised with shido penalties for not taking a grip.

The first bronze medal was claimed by Madrid European Open winner Esther STAM (GEO) who continued her strong start since she started representing Georgia as she bested MATNIYAZOVA by ippon from an osoto-gari. The second bronze medal contest was won by teak-tough Maria PORTELA (BRA) who ended a miserable day for top seed ZUPANCIC. Former Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winner PORTELA won her first IJF medal since 2012 as she pinned the Canadian to the tatami for 20 seconds with a mune-gatame hold. The win could earn the Brazilian a place in her country’s World Championships team and that could have been on her mind when she ran and jumped on her coach to celebrate.    
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