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Fourth Grand Prix gold for DongHan Gwak
27 May 2018 14:45
Former world champion Gwak Donghan of Korea helped to send his country to second place in the medal table by outfighting Ekaterinburg Grand Slam bronze medallist Gantulga Altanbagana (MGL). Olympic bronze medallist Gwak was the favourite against the 2017 Antalya Grand Prix winner from Mongolia and lived up to his billing as he forced Gantulga to make three infringements in the final.
In the first semi-final Olympic champion Baker Mashu (JPN) could not come out to face Gantulga due to sustaining a back injury. In the second semi-final Gwak saw off the challlenge of The Hague Grand Prix bronze medallist Jesper Smink (NED) who received three shidos for hansoku-make.
The first bronze medal was won by Smink who won his second Grand Prix medal with the scalp of world champion Nemanja Majdov (SRB). After six minutes of golden score the Dutch judoka was awarded the contest as Serbian’s Worlds winner was penalised for the third and final time.
The second bronze medal went to European Championships bronze medallist Theodoros Tselidis (GRE) as Baker had already pulled out of the competition.
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