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Barbara Timo wins first gold medal for Portugal
30 Mar 2019 14:45
Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Barbara Timo of Portugal continued her fine form for Portugal as she defeated Olympic bronze medallist Laura Vargas Koch (GER) in golden score. Timo, who switched allegiance from Brazil to Portugal in January, outfought four-time Grand Prix winner Vargas Koch in golden score and the German judoka received her marching orders for her third shido.
In the first semi-final Vargas Koch defeated former world silver medallist Maria Perez (PUR) with an o-uchi-gari after four minutes of golden score. In the second semi-final former Ekaterinburg Grand Slam silver medallist Alena Prokopenko (RUS) fell to in-form Timo by ippon after just 34 seconds.
The first bronze medal was awarded to Junior World Championships gold medallist Alice Bellandi (ITA) who went around the back of Prokopenko to take over the Russian for ippon with 80 seconds left on the clock.
The second bronze medal was won by Perez who beat world number 50 Yarden Mayersohn (ISR) after 46 seconds by ippon for her sixth medal on the Grand Prix stage.
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