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Trajdos tops Grand Slam podium to boost Worlds intentions
20 May 2017 21:05
German judoka Martyna Trajdos topped the Grand Slam medal podium in Russia to cast herself forward as one of the top contenders for the World Championships. Tokyo 2015 Grand Slam winner Trajdos, 28, held down former European bronze medallist Ekaterina Valkova of Russia for 20 seconds for her 10th Grand Slam medal and most important to date.
In the first semi-final European Games winner Trajdos held down Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Amy Livesey (GBR) for 20 seconds, ippon and a place in the gold medal contest. A kesa-gatame hold subdued the British judoka from St Helens who moved down into the bronze medal contest as a result of the defeat.
In the second semi-final Valkova drove past Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Mariana Silva (BRA) by ippon in just 17 seconds.
The first bronze medal contest saw Silva pick up a third Grand Slam bronze medal as former Pan American Championships bronze medallist Stefanie Tremblay (CAN) was disqualified with hansoku-make. In the second bronze medal contest Livesey struck Grand Slam silverware for the first time as she beat Tyumen Grand Slam silver medallist Daria Davydova (RUS) by a waza-ari score after four minutes.
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