Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Italy’s Gwend rediscovers the winning touch for the first time in two years
27 Oct 2017 18:05
Italian Edwige Gwend breathed new life in her career by winning Grand Slam gold for the first time. The 27-year-old Italian, who is ranked 16th in the world, last won IJF gold in 2015 at the Tashkent Grand Prix but managed to end her two-year wait to top the podium by beating the leading contenders in Abu Dhabi.
Former Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist Gwend met European u23 champion Lucy Renshall (GBR) in the final and restored their head-to-head record to level terms by picking up a hard-fought win in golden score when the 21-year-old from Merseyside was penalised for dropping.
In the first semi-final Tashkent Grand Prix winner Kathrin Unterwurzacher (AUT) was outfought by a game Gwend who took the contest to the Austrian top seed and registered two unanswered waza-ari scores. In the second semi-final world bronze medallist Agata Ozdoba (POL) lost out to Renshall when the Polish judoka received her third shido to receive hansoku-make.
The first bronze medal contest was won by Ozdoba over 20-year-old two-time Junior European Cup winner Emily Burt (CAN). Ozdoba needed just 23 seconds to submit BURT, who was appearing in the final block at a Grand Slam for the first time, for a quickfire start to the final block.
The second bronze medal was won by Unterwurzacher who held down Belgrade European Open winner Rotem Shor (IJF) for 20 seconds and ippon.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
Japanese Nouchi Aimi defeated European Games winner Martyna Trajdos (GER) in Budapest to win her third IJF event of the season and her second Grand Prix title. Hohhot Grand Prix winner Nouchi won the first Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifier, the Hohhot Grand Prix in May in addition to the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam. Read more
Clarisse Agbegnenou conquered reigning Olympic and world champion Tina Trstenjak of Slovenia to become a two-time world champion here in Budapest. The rematch of the Olympic final and the last Worlds final was hotly-anticipated as two most decorated judoka in the category successfully negotiated the preliminary rounds to take their place in the gold medal contest. Read more
Who would have expected Portugal to lead the medal table after Day 1 of the European Open in Minsk? In fact, the Portuguese celebrated two gold medals. A medal for Telma Monteiro was penciled in, but the surprise victory for Maria Siderot brought Portugal the first gold of the day. Read more
The women of Poland became European Champion, an amazing result for the organiser of the next European Games. The Polish women defeated Russia at home in Kazan. Poland was also in the final of the World Championships last year in Astana. This time they won the gold medal for the first time in the history of Poland. Even the men had never won this title but they cheered as much as they can on the tribune. The Polish men won the bronze today in Astana. Read more
For the seventh time only the women travel to Warsaw for the Polish Open, now the European Open. The former A-tournament has a long history and the women are welcomed in Warsaw separately since 2004. Unfortunately the Polish never had the pleasure to welcome a female winner. With the current strong team, that can be changed. Read more
Josephine Horton (GBR)
|1||Abu Dhabi||25 Oct|
|2||Abu Dhabi||25 Oct|