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Henk Grol grinds out glory at Grand Prix Budapest

22 Jun 2014 16:55

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Henk Grol (NED) was the only man able to stop Haga Ryunosuke (JPN) on Sunday as he scored ippon with two minutes remaining from a tani-otoshi. Grol defeated the 23-year-old and raised his hands in the air as he continued to build momentum towards the World Championships having finished second last year in Rio.

In the first semi-final HAGA defeated Martin PACEK (SWE) by ippon after leading with a waza-ari. At the same stage GROL dispatched Elmar GASIMOV (AZE) by a solitary waza-ari which was the only score of the contest.
The first bronze medal was won by GASIMOV who was victorious against Artem BLOSHENKO (UKR) from  yuko score while both judoka had three shido penalties and narrowly escaped disqualification which would have happened if a fourth penalty was given to either fighter. The second bronze medal went to PACEK who defeated Jevgenijs BORODAVKO (LAT) by scoring a yuko from a ouchi-gari. The Swede went back to the same technique to produce the same score with 12 seconds remaining.
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