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World Champion Cho Guham takes gold in Hohhot
World Champion Cho Guham takes gold in Hohhot
26 May 2019 14:25
Mark Pickering - IJF
IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation

World champion Cho Guham of Korea won his fourth Grand Prix at the expense of world number nine Ben Fletcher (IRL) who was penalised for the third and final time for passivity. Hard-working Cho illustrated why he’s the owner of the red backpatch in the U100kg category as he won the first meeting between the two after a tactically astute performance where he kept busy and forced in-form Fletcher to pick up his third penalty.

In the first semi-final Cho beat world number 18 Shady Elnahas (CAN) in the very last second with an emphatic ippon-seoi-nage while in the second semi-final world number five Lkhagvasuren Otgonbaatar (MGL) lost out to Fletcher in the closing seconds.

The first bronze medal was won by Lkhagvasuren after Ekaterinburg Grand Slam winner Arman Adamian (RUS) was disqualified after 74 seconds of golden score. Adamian was penalised for passivity after his Mongolian rival stepped up his attacks in added time and the Russian could not respond in kind.

The second bronze medal went to former world silver medallist Karl-Richard Frey (GER) who launched Elnahas through the air with a ura-nage for ippon at the halfway point of the contest.