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Distria Krasniqi books impressive gold in 15 seconds

15 Dec 2018 11:05

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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Kosovo lightweight Distria Krasniqi won a career-best World Judo Masters title over Olympic bronze medallist and former world champion Kondo Ami (JPN). Krasniqi countered her opponent with an osoto-otoshi after just 15 seconds for an emphatic ippon and a stunning first final in China.

In the first semi-final former world champion Munkhbat Urantsetseg (MGL) had to tap out to Kondo in golden score. In the second semi-final Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Marusa Stangar (SLO) fell to in-form The Hague Grand Prix bronze medallist Krasniqi by the maximum score.

The first bronze medal contest saw world number 16 Stangar outlast Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Milica Nikolic (SRB) after five minutes of golden score. Stangar secured the osaekomi and her Serbian rival elected to tap out in the opening contest of the final block on day one.     

The second bronze medal contest opposed Munkhbat and European champion Irina Dolgova (RUS). Europe defeated Asia as Dolgova prevailed by a waza-ari score from a strong ashi-waza attack. The world number five earned her third medal at the World Judo Masters and ends her year on a high with a world title challenge expected from the ne-waza maestro in 2019.

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  • Ami Kondo (JPN), Distria Krasniqi (KOS) - IJF World Masters Guangzhou (2018, CHN) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
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  • Distria Krasniqi (KOS), Ami Kondo (JPN), Irina Dolgova (RUS), Marusa Stangar (SLO) - IJF World Masters Guangzhou (2018, CHN) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation

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