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Ojitani Takeshi tops Grand Slam medal podium in Tokyo
4 Dec 2016 14:15
Ojitani Takeshi gave Japan and Tokai University a second heavyweight triumph on the final day having seen his teammate Asahina Sarah win the women’s title. Ojitani, 24, also celebrated his first gold medal success at a Grand Slam and had to overcome domestic opposition to achieve it.
World number 28 Ojitani, Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist, who saves his best performances for his homeland, defeated 21-year-old Asian Championships winner Kageura Kokoro on shido penalties 2:3.
In the first semi-final top heavyweight seed Shichinohe Ryu was humbled by newboy Kageura by a yuko score while in the second semi-final Ojitani shaded the little-known Ota Hyoga on shido penalties 2:3.
The first bronze medal went to 18-year-old tyro Ota who dismissed fellow rookie Ju Youngseo (KOR) after 68 seconds with an o-guruma earning ippon.
The second bronze medal went to Shichinohe who defeated Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Sven Heinle (GER) to salvage a spot on the podium. The double world runner-up spurned an opportunity to top the heavyweight field in the absence of Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist Harasawa Hisayoshi (JPN). The world number 16 ran out with a 1:3 win on shido penalties.
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