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Kiyotaka Sekine shows his fighting spirit to take gold
21 Oct 2018 01:25
Japanese Sekine Kiyotaka was crowned the Junior World Championships gold medallist after victory over 2015 Cadet World Championships gold medallist Simeon Catharina (NED) in the U100kg final. One-time Junior European Cup winner Sekine was the more positive judoka as he attacked relentlessly but struggled with the much larger frame of the more well-known Dutch judoka.
Golden score was summoned to produce a winner and it went Japan’s way as Sekine finally registered on the scoreboard after 17 additional seconds with a ko-uchi-makikomi which earned a waza-ari score.
In the first semi-final two-time Junior European Cup medallist Iwo Baraniewski (POL) fell to Sekine by ippon from a ko-uchi-makikomi with 48 seconds left on the clock. In the second semi-final Catharina countered a weak uchi-mata from Onise Saneblidze (GEO) for a waza-ari score after 23 seconds of golden score.
The first bronze medal was won by Saneblidze with a Georgian special as he hulked up to lift Santo Domingo Pan American Open winner Shady Elnahas (CAN) up with a gigantic ura-nage for a waza-ari score at the halfway point. Elnahas valiantly searched for a score but Saneblidze acquitted himself well and his impressive contest management skills saw him home.
The second bronze medal was won by Baraniewski in a lively clash against two-time Junior European Cup winner Mathias Madsen (DEN). The 1st Kyu brown belt from Poland timed his score to perfection as he picked up a waza-ari score with just two seconds left on the clock from a harai-makikomi.
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