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Shinji Kido prolongs Tyumen title
18 Jul 2015 18:05
Kido Shinji op Japan successfully defended his 2014 gold medal as he beat former European bronze medallist Ashley McKenzie (GBR) in the U60kg final. World number28 McKenzie, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Friday, had never won a Grand Slam before day and needed a strong showing to book his ticket to the World Championships. Kido, All Japan Championships winner, proved his quality on the international stage once again as he submitted the British judoka with shime-waza after leading with a yuko.
In the first semi-final Astana Grand Prix bronze medallist Askhat Telmanov (KAZ) fell to Asian Championships silver medallist Kido by a waza-ari score. In the second semi-final McKenzie saw off Budapest Grand Prix silver medallist Aibek Imashev (KAZ). Both judoka had registered waza-ari scores but McKenzie also had a yuko next to his name and stayed firm to advance.
The first bronze medal was claimed by beaten semi-finalist Imashev who subdued Casablanca African Open bronze medallist Islam Yashuev (RUS) by ippon. The second bronze medal also went to Kazakhstan as Telmanov defeated Yann Siccardi (MON) by wazari-awasette-ippon.
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