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Kim Min-Jeong tightens her grip of world number one position
11 Feb 2018 19:25
The final of the Grand Slam in Paris for women +78 opposed world number one and top seed Kim Minjeong (KOR) and the new Chinese heavyweight Wang Yan (CHN). Kim Minjeong once more proved be the world leading lady in this category. Although without Sarah Asahina, Kim took the victory and stamped her number one position.
After 25 seconds both athletes were penalised with a first shido for passivity. Thirty seconds later they were again penalised with a shido. Under the threat of a disqualification, Kim and Wang stared to be more active, but not enough to score, so they had to enter the golden score. After one minute and ten seconds, finally the Chinese was penalised for the third time for a cross grip and was disqualified offering the victory to Kim.
In the first semi-final 37-year-old former GB World Cup silver medallist Eva Bisseni (FRA) lost out to Kim after 90 seconds of golden score as the visiting judoka caught the home judoka with a ouchi-gari for a waza-ari.
In the second semi-final Wang threw Junior world champion Sone Akira (JPN) for a waza-ari and held down her teenage opponent for a second and match-winning waza-ari.
Sone Akira (JPN) scored two waza-ari against Jasmin Kuelbs (GER) to win the first bronze medal match.
Veteran Eva Bisseni (FRA) could not trouble Iryna Kindzerska (AZE) and was immobilised for ippon in the second bronze medal contest.
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