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World champion Dorjsuren beats Olympic champion in Rio 2016 final rematch

26 Oct 2017 19:05

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    Oliver Sellner

Mongolian World champion Dorjsuren Sumiya delivered Grand Slam Gold in Abu Dhabi after she defeated Rio 2016 Olympic champion Rafaela Silva of Brazil in a rematch and reverse of the Olympic final to underline her superiority and control of the category. For Dorjsuren a confirmation she should have won the Olympic final. Although Silva started attacking from the first second of the contest.

World number one Dorjsuren found herself in golden score – like she was when she defeated Yoshida Tsukasa (JPN) in the world final – and threw Silva with a ippon seoi-nage and the Brazilian was eventually rolled over onto her back for a waza-ari. In a battle of the red backpatch versus the gold backpatch, Dorjsuren extended her head-to-head record over her arch-rival to 5-2.

In the first semi-final Dorjsuren dropped under her former Qingdao Grand Prix winner Anastasiia Konkina (RUS) to throw for a waza-ari score in golden score to decide the contest in favour of the Mongolian.

In the second semi-final Silva defeated Ekaterinburg Grand Slam bronze medallist Jessica Klimkait (CAN) by a waza-ari score to move into the final.

The first bronze medal was won by world bronze medallist Nekoda Smythe-Davis (GBR) as Klimkait infringed on three occasions to receive hansoku-make. Smythe-Davis has now won three medals in consecutive competitions and is in the best form of her career while world number seven Klimkait is still only 20 years old and will also be a major factor at this weight during the road to Tokyo 2020.  

The second bronze medal was won by Konkina who pipped Bucharest European Open bronze medallist Amelie Stoll (GER) to the podium by a waza-ari which was the only score of the contest.

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  • Sumiya Dorjsuren (MGL), Christa Deguchi (CAN) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi (2017, UAE) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Rafaela Silva (BRA), Julia Kowalczyk (POL) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi (2017, UAE) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Sumiya Dorjsuren (MGL), Rafaela Silva (BRA), Anastasiia Konkina (RUS), Nekoda Smythe-Davis (GBR) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi (2017, UAE) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation

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