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Second gold for North Korea in Hohhot

24 May 2019 15:25

 Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation
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Asian-Pacific Championships winner Kim Jin A of North Korea struck IJF gold for the first time in her career as she defeated Tel Aviv Grand Prix silver medallist Daria Mezhetskaia of Russia in the U57kg final. Mezhetskaia was denied a first IJF title by the world number 33 and first-time IJF finalist who backed up her impressive Asian Games credentials by celebrating gold for a rampant Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (PRK) team.

In the first semi-final Mezhetskaia surged past Düsseldorf Grand Slam bronze medallist Sarah Leonie Cysique (FRA) by the maximum score. In the second semi-final Kim swept past The Hague Grand Prix silver medallist Lu Tongjuan (CHN) by ippon.

The first bronze medal was awarded to Lu who caught Marrakech Grand Prix bronze medallist Timna Nelson Levy (ISR) with te-waza for a match-winning waza-ari score after three minutes of golden score.

The second bronze medal was won by Osaka Grand Slam gold medallist Jessica Klimkait (CAN) who defeated Cysique with a morote-seoi-nage after four minutes of golden score to capture her fifth Grand Prix medal. 

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  • Daria Mezhetskaia (RUS) - Grand Prix Hohhot (2019, CHN) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation
  • Jin A Kim (PRK), Daria Mezhetskaia (RUS), Jessica Klimkait (CAN), Tongjuan Lu (CHN) - Grand Prix Hohhot (2019, CHN) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation
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