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Loriana Kuka steers Kosovo to a 100% winning record

31 Mar 2019 17:05

 Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation
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Kosovo’s Loriana Kuka gave her country their second gold medal from their two-strong team in Tbilisi. Kuka, who only made her Grand Prix debut a year ago, followed in the footsteps of her teammate Nora Gjakova (KOS) who won U57kg gold on day one. The world number 16 scored twice against former world bronze medallist Kaliema Antomarchi (CUB) who will have to fight again in order to win her first IJF title.

In the first semi-final Antomarchi dismissed The Hague Grand Prix silver medallist Sama Hawa Camara (FRA) by ippon while in the second semi-final Marrakech Grand Prix silver medallist Kuka reigned against former World Judo Masters bronze medallist Fanny Estelle Posvite (FRA) by a waza-ari score.

The first bronze medal contest was won by Posvite who marked her first IJF outing at her new weight of U78kg by beating 2018 Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist Anastasiya Turchyn (UKR) who was disqualified after receiving three penalties.                 

The second bronze medal was won by Marrakech Grand Prix bronze medallist Patricia Sampaio (POR) as the teenager continued to impress with two scores going unanswered against Camara.

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  • Loriana Kuka (KOS), Kaliema Antomarchi (CUB), Fanny Estelle Posvite (FRA), Patricia Sampaio (POR) - Grand Prix Tbilisi (2019, GEO) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation
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