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Wakaba Tomita snatches gold in top heavyweight field

14 Jul 2019 19:05

 Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio / International Judo Federation
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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.

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  • Wakaba Tomita (JPN), Nihel Cheikh Rouhou (TUN) - Grand Prix Budapest (2019, HUN) - © IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio, International Judo Federation
  • Wakaba Tomita (JPN), Nihel Cheikh Rouhou (TUN), Idalys Ortiz (CUB), Yan Wang (CHN) - Grand Prix Budapest (2019, HUN) - © IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio, International Judo Federation
  • Idalys Ortiz (CUB) - Grand Prix Budapest (2019, HUN) - © IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio, International Judo Federation

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