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Legendary heavyweight Idalys Ortiz rules for Cuba
24 Feb 2019 19:25
Cuba’s all-time great Idalys Ortiz (CUB) defeated double world champion Asahina Sarah (JPN) in a close final in the women’s +78kg category. Ortiz, who is closing in on a medal tilt at her fourth consecutive Olympics, outworked her Japanese rival who was penalised for passivity in the closing seconds to hand Grand Slam gold to the three-time Olympic medallist and two-time world champion.
In the first semi-final Ortiz defeated Paris Grand Slam silver medallist Iryna Kindzerska (AZE) with an ippon seoi-nage while in the second semi-final World Judo Masters bronze medallist Larisa Ceric (BIH) was held down by Asahina with a kuzure-yoko-shiho-gatame.
The first bronze medal was awarded to two-time world silver medallist Maria Suelen Altheman (BRA) after world number two Ceric was penalised for passivity and was disqualified for her third infringement. The second bronze medal was won by Kindzerska who brushed aside former Openweight World Championships bronze medallist Nihel Cheikh Rouhou (TUN) by ippon from a o-soto-makikomi.
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