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Yuki Hashimoto adds second Tokyo Grand Slam Title in a row to her list of honour
5 Dec 2014 15:30
At the Grand Slam of Tokyo once again the Japanese athletes didn’t give any chance to their opponents and two of the four Japanese competitors engaged in the morning in the category, were present in the final, HASHIMOTO Yuki (JPN) and NISHIDA Yuka (JPN). At the halfway point of the final, HASHIMOTO, winner of last year’s edition of the Grand Slam, had a small lead of one shido, an advantage that she was able to keep until the end of the final.
The first bronze medal fight saw the winner of last year’s edition of the Grand Slam, SHISHIME Ai (JPN) and the world number 8 and London Olympic silver medallist, Yanet BERMOY ACOSTA (CUB). SHISHIME launched the first attack with a left handed uchi-mata. But without the control of the left arm, she could not score. A few seconds later the Japanese launched a reverse shoulder attack, this time for yuko, before the Cuban was penalized a first time for passivity. Incapable of attacking and totally under the pressure of SHISHIME, BERMOY ACOSTA was again penalized, to confirm the bronze medal for the Japanese.
The second bronze medal fight opposed two athletes well known at the international level, the bronze medallist of the last World Championships in Chelyabinsk, Erika MIRANDA (BRA), and the already two-time world champion, NAKAMURA Misato (JPN) (Paris 2011 and Rotterdam 2009). After a little more than 1 minute and 30 seconds, Miranda scored the first waza-ari with a left handed ippon-seoi-nage. But this was not the last waza-ari, as NAKAMURA also scored the same advantage with an opportunistic ko-soto-gake, before concluding with an immobilization just outside of the fighting area.
A full Japanese podium, a clean sheet and a confirmation of the strentgh of the Japanese women in the lightweights.
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