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Turkish Kayra Sayit grabs gold at Grand Prix Tbilisi
27 Mar 2016 21:10
Kayra Sayit captured the gold medal at the Grand Prix in Tbilisi on Sunday as double world silver medallist Maria Suelen Altheman of Brazil was unable to take part in the +78kg final due to injury. World number 26 Sayit won her second Grand Prix gold wearing the Turkish badge after finishing first at the Budapest Grand Prix last summer.
In the first semi-final Altheman took Paris Grand Slam silver medallist Ma Sisi (CHN) off balance and down for a waza-ari score which was enough for a spot in the final while in the second semi-final Sayit (TUR) beat Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Svitlana Iaromka (UKR) by ippon.
The first bronze medal was won by Casablanca African Open winner Maryna Slutskaya (BLR) as she overpowered the passive Iaromka on the ground by trapping her for 20 seconds in osaekomi with a kami-shiho-gatame hold. The winner earned her first Grand Prix medal since 2013 when she took the same silver at the Almaty Grand Prix.The second bronze medal was won by Ma – her seventh at this level – in an uneventful contest against Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Emilie Andeol (FRA) as both judoka were lethargic and gave away shidos. Andeol was penalised for the fourth and final time for a false attack.
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