Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Wakaba Tomita snatches gold in top heavyweight field
14 Jul 2019 19:05
Former Junior World Championships gold medallist Wakaba Tomita of Japan earned her first senior IJF gold medal at the expense of Openweight World Championships bronze medallist Nihel Cheikh Rouhou (TUN). The 22-year-old Japanese was making her first appearance on the IJF circuit since finishing fifth at the 2015 Tokyo Grand Slam.
Wakaba and outperformed surprise finalist and 2014 Samsun Grand Prix winner Cheikh Rouhou who was dismissed after picking up three shidos.
In the first semi-final Tomita held down Pan American Championships bronze medallist Beatriz Souza (BRA) for ippon while in the second semi-final world champion Asahina Sarah (JPN) failed to impress against Cheikh Rouhou and was given her marching orders after three shidos.
The first bronze medal was awarded to former world and Olympic champion Idalys Ortiz (CUB) who saw off Asahina, who won gold at the Montreal Grand Prix a week ago, by a waza-ari score from a ippon seoi-nage
The second bronze medal was won by world number 20 Wang Yan (CHN) who beat Souza by a waza-ari score to win her second Grand Prix medal and her country’s second in Budapest.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
Universiade gold medallist Han Mi Jin of Korea won her first Grand Slam crown with a resounding win over world number 12 Anne Fatoumata M Bairo (FRA) in the +78kg final. HAN launched her talented French foe with a uchi-mata after just 70 seconds and burst into tears after recording the biggest win of her career and one which opens the door for her to make a late run for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Read more
As expected in our preview of the African Championships Algeria and Tunisia became the strongest nations of Africa, both collected four titles in Cape Town followed by Egypt, also not a surprise with three gold medals. The details of the surprises can be found in the names and order of the medals. Read more
World Championships bronze medallist Kayra Sayit (TUR) won her fourth Grand Prix title for Turkey with an impressive display in the women’s heavyweight category. Sayit threw one-time Grand Prix winner Tessie Savelkouls (NED) for a waza-ari score and will expect to break into the world’s top 10 with the prospect of a home Grand Prix coming up next month in Antalya. Read more
World number one Kim Min-Jeong of Korea is obviously the first seeded athlete but apparently it doesn’t guarantee a smooth draw. In her first round she will face 2012 Olympic Champion Idalys Ortiz. The Cuban six time World medallist and double World Champion is unseeded so one of the two will be out in the first round. Read more
Cuban all-time great Idalys Ortiz remained undefeated in 2018 with a vintage display as the three-time Olympic medallist showed that she is on track for Baku 2018. Ortiz, who won the Pan American Championships in April, is one of the most revered heavyweight judoka of all time having took bronze at Beijing 2008, gold at London 2012 and silver at Rio 2016 in addition to two world titles. Read more
Marco Papa (SUI)