Uta Abe wins third Grand Slam in Japan
The queen of women’s U52kg in judo is undoubtedly Uta Abe who is not afraid to come up against her opponents and she was therefore present on the tatami of the Metropolitan Gymnasium to assert her supremacy. Uta Abe had to fight an experienced and well known opponent. Ai Shishime (JPN), no less than two times a world champion.
Uta Abe was impressive throughout the preliminary rounds, she faced Shishime who was the only one today who could bother her. After four minutes of normal time, there was still no score, only a one shido difference between the two competitors, 1 for Abe, 2 for Shishime, whose attacks were strong but not enough to put Abe out of balance. The match kept unfolding for more than four minutes in golden score. If Uta Abe was never really in danger, she could not find any solution to throw either and had to rely on her tactical skills to win a new title as the third shido was awarded to Shishime. Abe is still the queen.
The two bronze medals went to Kisumu Omori (JPN) and Sosorbaram Lkhagvasuren (MGL).