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More joy for Japan as Rinoko Wada wins in the Bahamas

21 Oct 2018 01:05

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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Japanese Wada Rinoko defeated Junior European championships bronze medallist Karla Prodan (CRO) in the U78kg final to set Japan off for a treble on day four. Croatia’s 2015 Cadet World Championships winner was thrown with an o-soto-gari on two occasions as Rome European Open gold medallist Wada sealed gold with 25 seconds left on the clock.

In the first semi-final Wada defeated Junior Pan American Championships winner Camila Ponce (BRA) with osaekomi-waza as the Brazilian was unable to escape a yoko-shiho-gatame hold. In the second semi-final 2017 Junior World Championships silver medallist Teresa Zenker (GER) lost out to Prodan in golden score by ippon from a o-uchi-gari.

The first bronze medal was won by Junior European Championships winner Patricia Sampaio (POR) who beat Zenker with 17 seconds left on the clock. Sampaio broke the deadlock with a waza-ari score and added a second with a seoi-nage to match her result from 2017.    

The second bronze medal was claimed by Glasgow European Open silver medallist Shelley Ludford (GBR) after Ponce was disqualified for a waki-gatame. Ludford made sure that the British team medalled in the Bahamas on the last day of the individual competition.

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