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Third time lucky for Kosovo as Nora Gjakova wins gold U57kg
28 Oct 2018 13:10
European champion Nora Gjakova of Kosovo started her day as the number one seed and finished it as the gold medallist in the U57kg category. The Antalya Grand Prix winner earned her first Grand Slam title with a win over European Championships bronze medallist Anastasiia Konkina (RUS) after 59 seconds by ippon.
All three of Kosovo’s judoka on day one made their respective finals with Paris Grand Slam winner Akil Gjakova (KOS) awaiting his turn on Sunday in the U73kg category.
In the first semi-final Gjakova silenced the Komatsu supporters as Asian Games bronze medallist Lien Chen-Ling (TPE) fell by ippon. In the second semi-final London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Automne Pavia (FRA) was beaten by Konkina by ippon with 59 seconds left on the clock.
The first bronze medal was won by Priscilla Gneto (FRA) who beat Pavia in a battle of London 2012 Olympic bronze medallists. Gneto, who won her Olympic honour at U52kg, is now making her presence felt at -57kg and won this one after Pavia was reprimanded with her third shido in a lethargic contest.
The second bronze medal was won by Cancun Grand Prix bronze medallist Timna Nelson Levy (ISR) who threw Lien after 69 seconds of golden score with koshi-waza for a waza-ari score.
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