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Fourth World Tour victory for Natalie Powell
26 Jan 2020 01:00
The first female final of the third day at the Grand Prix in Tel Aviv pitted the 17th in the World Ranking List, winner of the Tashkent Grand Prix in 2019, Bernadette Graf (AUT), with the 2017 world bronze medalist, Natalie Powell (GBR). It took less than two minutes for Natalie Powell to complete a smoothly led final, thanks to a first waza-ari from a harai-goshi and a flawless ippon via o-uchi-gari. It is the third gold medal at a Grand Prix for Powell.
In the first final for the bronze medal, Patricia Sampaio (POR), three times world medalist in juniors, found Luise Malzahn (GER) in her way, whose record on the circuit is established, with an impressive 33 medals. Sampaio scored the first waza-ari with o-soto-gari to take the lead. She then controlled the assaults of Malzahn to win her fourth medal at a Grand Prix.
With no medal obtained to date on the World Judo Tour, Patricija Brolih (SLO) faced Yoon Hyunji (KOR), holder of a Grand Slam bronze medal (Tokyo 2012), for a place on the podium. Enjoying a first waza-ari with yoko-tomoe-nage and a second with uchi-mata, Yoon won the bronze medal without any problem.
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