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Kim Jin A makes history for the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea

12 Dec 2019 14:10

 Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio / International Judo Federation
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Abu Dhabi Grand Slam gold medallist Kim Jin A of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea became her country’s first World Judo Masters champion with a riveting display in the U57kg category. Osaka Grand Slam winner Tamaoki Momo (JPN) met her match in the final as Kim pounced with a neat ashi-waza movement to offset the Tokyo 2020 contender for a waza-ari score to the delight of her travelling delegation.

In the first semi-final Kim saw off world number seven Lien Chen-Ling (TPE) in golden score after the Komatsu team member picked up her third shido in added time.

In the second semi-final former world champion Yoshida Tsukasa (JPN) lost out to Tamaoki by a waza-ari score after four minutes of golden score.

The first bronze medal was awarded to former Osaka Grand Slam winner Jessica Klimkait (CAN) who equalled their head-to-head series. A waza-ari score was the difference as the Canadian secured a place on the podium having seen teammate and world champion Christa Deguchi (CAN) bow out in the preliminaries at the hands of the in-form Kim Jin A (PRK).

The second bronze medal was won by Olympic bronze medallist Telma Monteiro (POR) after Lien was dismissed in added time for picking up her third shido. Portugal’s win came against the run of play after the veteran narrowly escaped a couple of close calls for dropping as it was Lien who was adjudged to have committed her third error to the disappointment of her Komatsu supporters.

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  • Jin A Kim (PRK), Momo Tamaoki (JPN) - IJF World Masters Qingdao (2019, CHN) - © IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio, International Judo Federation
  • Jin A Kim (PRK), Momo Tamaoki (JPN), Jessica Klimkait (CAN), Telma Monteiro (POR) - IJF World Masters Qingdao (2019, CHN) - © IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio, International Judo Federation
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