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World champion Ai Shishime shows her class with 100% ippon record
23 Feb 2018 21:20
World champion Shishime Ai of Japan always has a good feeling in Düsseldorf. She won the tournament in 2016, took bronze last year and also this year she was unstoppable in the U52kg category as the Japanese livewire more than lived up to her red backpatch with a display of scintillating ippon judo.
Shishime, who took bronze at the Tokyo Grand Slam in December, started her 2018 campaign with gold in Germany after prevailing against former Zagreb Grand Prix winner Karolina Pienkowska (POL) in the final. Former Tyumen Grand Slam winner Shishime recorded her second Grand Slam win after holding down the surprise finalist from Poland for ippon.
In the first semi-final four-time world medallist Erika Miranda (BRA) was surprised by Pienkowska. The Polish judoka produced the only scores of the contest to win by wazari-awasette-ippon with a modified kata-guruma opening the scoring. In the second semi-final Shishime defeated Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Astride Gneto (FRA) by wazari-awasette-ippon as she sealed the win with a uchi-mata.
The first bronze medal was awarded to The Hague Grand Prix Estrella Lopez Sheriff (ESP) when Gneto was penalised for the third time as both judoka failed to trouble the scoreboard.
The second bronze medal was won by London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Charline Van Snick (BEL) as Miranda pulled out from the match due to a back injury.
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