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Laura Vargas Koch faces heavy competition in Olympic qualification

8 Mar 2019 16:15

 Mark Pickering - IJF    JudoInside.com / judo news, results and photos
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Germany’s sole judo medallist at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Vargas Koch, 28, has one medal on the IJF World Judo Tour since the greatest day of her career in Brazil. Former world silver medallist Vargas Koch won bronze at the Grand Prix of The Hague in 2017 but has failed to medal in her nine other IJF outings since South America’s first Olympic Games.

The Berlin native has been overtaken by world number 17 and Düsseldorf Grand Slam silver medallist Miriam Butkereit in addition to world number 20 and Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Giovanna Scoccimarro.

Vargas Koch was in a positive mood after her disappointing day in Düsseldorf where she lost her opening contest against Aoife Coughlan (AUS).

“The Grand Slam in Düsseldorf was unfortunately a disappointment to me this year,” wrote the German international on her Facebook page.

“If it doesn't work out, it's all the more important to know who you can rely on. I'm really glad I have so many great people around me who support me, believe in me and with whom I can just have fun.”

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