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Brazil’s Mayra Aguiar hits form with gold in Budapest

14 Jul 2019 18:30

 Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio / International Judo Federation
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Double world champion Mayra Aguiar of Brazil defeated World Judo Masters silver medallist Sato Ruika (JPN) to win U78kg gold on the last day in Budapest. Two-time Olympic bronze medallist Aguiar, who is one of the favourites for the World Championships next month, edged past her long-time rival in golden score after Sato was penalised for passivity and received hansoku-make.

In the first semi-final Aguiar bested former world bronze medallist Kaliema Antomarchi (CUB) by ippon from a sasae-tsurikomi-ashi. In the second semi-final Natalie Powell (GBR) was held down by Sato as the Welsh judoka slipped to 0-22 against Japanese judoka and 0-5 versus Sato.

The first bronze medal contest was won by Powell who claimed her 18th Grand Prix medal by sending Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist and Portuguese number one Patricia Sampaio (POR) over with a harai-goshi for ippon and her first medal of the season. 

The second bronze medal was won by Antomarchi who bested Hohhot Grand Prix bronze medallist Ma Zhenzhao (CHN) by a waza-ari in the same city she won world bronze in 2017. 

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