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Frank de Wit finally beats his bogeyman Del Orbe
25 Oct 2019 17:55
Frank De Wit (NED) vs Medickson Del Orbe Cortorreal (DOM) – Dutchman finally beats his bogeyman! Former Paris Grand Slam winner de Wit had been tormented by Del Orbe Cortorreal twice on the IJF circuit before finally gaining his revenge at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in October.
What really stands out about the shock wins for the Dominic Republic judoka was that both came in the World Championships.
In Baku 2018, de Wit lost to Del Orbe Cortorreal in his opening contest from an o-soto-gari and the unthinkable happened again in 2019 as he was caught by a ura-nage this time to his immense frustration.
The Dutch flyer finally beat his rival in October by ippon with shime-waza to his relief but will continue to be mindful of the underrated former Pan American Championships silver medallist.
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