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Japan discovers another heavyweight talent in Ruri Takahashi
19 Oct 2019 19:30
The Japanese women dominated the World Championships at the last day. In Marrakesh, Asia was the dominating continent inthe +78kg category as Takahashi Ruri of Japan, winner of the St Petersburg Junior European Cup in April, and Kim Hayun (KOR), finalist of the Tashkent Grand Prix last September, qualified for the final.
In a fairly classic left-handed battle, the two athletes tried unsuccessfully to find an opportunity to throw, until Kim scored a first waza-ari on shoulder movement. But the Japanese machine then set in motion and penalty after penalty, Takahashi made up the difference to finally make her opponent disqualified, garnering another gold medal for Japan.
For the first bronze medal, we saw a fratricidal match between the two French athletes, Tahina Durand (FRA) and Léa Fontaine (FRA). With two waza-ari, the second being scored with a o-soto-gari, Durand didn't give any chance to her teammate to step on the podium.
In the second bronze medal contest, Kubranur Esir (TUR) faced the Junior European Championships bronze medallist, Marit Kamps (NED), who took the lead with a first waza-ari, followed by an immobilisation, but not long enough to score. Kamps dedicated the remaining time to saving her result, which she could do despite the pressure she was under.
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