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Larisa Ceric backs up top seed billing
18 Mar 2018 17:25
Larisa Ceric (BIH) won all three of her contests by the maximum score in Ekaterinburg to come away with her first Grand Slam title. Ceric defeated double world silver medallist Maria Suelen Altheman (BRA) in a final which failed to ignite as both judoka showed a lack of attacking intent.
The fate of the gold medal was determined by shidos as the scoreless final was brought to an early conclusion when the Brazilian was penalised for passivity for the third time.
In the first semi-final World Judo Masters bronze medallist Ceric bested European bronze medallist Carolin Weiss (GER) by the maximum score to move into the final. In the second semi-final Altheman (BRA) saw off Tunis Grand Prix silver medallist Beatriz Souza (BRA) by ippon with a ura-nage.
The first bronze medal was claimed by Souza as four-time Grand Prix bronze medallist Ksenia Chibisova (RUS) failed to impress under the bright lights of a Grand Slam. Brazil’s Souza scored twice without reply to book a place on the podium alongside her teammate.
The second bronze medal contest was won by Weiss who countered Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Anzhela Gasparian (RUS) for ippon to win her fourth Grand Slam medal.
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