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Tina Trstenjak unstoppable when gold blinks
17 Oct 2015 18:30
As it is the case with Kelmendi in the U52kg, the current U63kg world champion, Tina Trstenjak of Slovenia seems unstoppable, also at the Grand Slam of Paris. Winner of the world title in Astana, she added a new Grand Slam gold medal to her prize list today by defeating the Dutch fighter Juul Franssen in the final. If the score looked close, as Trstenjak won with a single yuko, never ever during the whole fight, Franssen seemed to be in the position to take the advantage.
With the points won in Paris, the Slovenian is definitely controlling the number one position in the world and will be the big favourite next year in Rio. Will Clarisse Agbegnenou, who was not competing this year in Paris, be able to become the next Olympic Champion? Is Yarden Gerbi able to change what looks to be already written? Everything is still possible and the months to come will be decisive.
In the first semi-final Trstenjak saw off European Games winner Martyna Trajdos (GER) by a yuko while former world champion Yarden GERBI (ISR) was beaten by Juul Franssen in the second semi-final.
In the first bronze medal contest, once again, Yarden Gerbi (ISR) secured a place on the podium after having defeated the Japan's Junior world champion Minei Miho, who put a lot of pressure on the 2013 world champion, but Gerbi, could take advantage of Minei’s mistake to score a waza-ari, while in the other second bronze medal fight, Edwige Gwend (ITA) faced Trajdos and was immobilised during the golden score offering the victory to the German.
Slovenia won a gold medal in Paris for the second time in a row. Last year Ana Velensek won in Bercy.
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