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Chinese Qian Qin launches herself as world medallist candidate
5 Jul 2015 14:55
The gold medal for heavyweight women at the Grand Prix of Mongolia was taken by Qin Qian (CHN) who delivered the final win against Dusseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist Carolin Weiss of Germany. The German heavyweight, 22, had to settle for silver on shido penalties as Qin outworked her German foe in the last contest of the category, with two penalties given to the German while the referee did not need to penalise Qin.
In the first semi-final Weiss had too much about her for World Judo Tour newcomer Marine Erb (FRA). The German fighter registered a yuko which proved to be the only score of the contest and sent her into the heavyweight final. In the second semi-final Qin defeated Jeju Grand Prix silver medallist Lee Eun-Ju (KOR) on shido penalties with two against the Korean and Qin recording an unblemished record.
The first bronze medal was won by top seed MA Sisi (CHN) who was successful against Lee to salvage something from a difficult day. Samsun Grand Prix winner MA blocked an osoto-gari effort from Lee and then took the lead with a waza-ari before adding a second by trapping her rival with a mune-gatame for 15 seconds. The second bronze medal was clinched by 21-year-old Frenchwoman Erb, her first at this level, against Asian Championships bronze medallist Gulzhan Issanova (KAZ). The Junior World bronze medallist from France won by way of shido penalties with the one and only penalty against the Kazakh judoka.
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