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Kanae Yamabe takes gold medal at Paris Grand Slam

9 Feb 2014 18:30

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    Christian Fidler
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Asian judoka have a reputation taking gold medals. Chinese and most over Japanese women prevail in the historic medal tables. The Paris Grand Slam didn't differ from those statistics. Tokyo Grand Slam runner-up Yamabe Kanae (JPN) was triumphant against home judoka Emilie Andeol of France in the +78kg final.

Yamabe won her first Grand Slam gold medal at the expense of the European silver medallist Andeol who was thrown with a osoto-gari for ippon. Andeol booked her place in the final by holding down Moscow Grand Slam bronze medallist Sarah Adlington (GBR) as Yamabe surprised world silver medallist Maria Suelen Altheman (BRA) albeit on shido penalties to setup their final.

 

The first bronze medal was clinched by Olympic and world champion Idalys Ortiz (CUB) who defeated Altheman by ippon in a repeat of their Rio final from last year. The second bronze medal was won by European champion Lucija Polavder (SLO) who subdued and submitted Adlington from a juji-gatame.

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  • Kanae Yamabe (JPN) - Grand Slam Paris (2014, FRA) - © Christian Fidler
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