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France’s Margaux Pinot wins her best prize on the IJF World Judo Tour

28 Oct 2018 19:20

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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French Margaux Pinot won her first Grand Slam title with victory over The Hague Grand Prix bronze medallist Miriam Butkereit (GER) in the -70kg final. From a U70kg field featuring Olympic and world medallists it was France’s Glasgow European Open winner Pinot who finished unbeaten to earn her country’s first gold medal in Abu Dhabi.

The three-time Grand Slam bronze medallist recorded a career-best result to deny her German rival a first Grand Slam win with a morote-seoi-nage which earned a waza-ari score.

In the first semi-final two-time world medallist Maria Bernabeu (ESP) lost out to Pinot Margaux (FRA) by ippon. In the second semi-final Butkereit held down Olympic bronze medallist Sally Conway (GBR) for ippon with a tate-shiho-gatame.

The first bronze medal was awarded to former Junior World Championships winner Giovanna Scoccimarro (GER) who ended a miserable day for Conway. Scoccimarro defeated Great Britain’s five-time Grand Slam medallist by ippon after countering a sasae attempt with te-waza with two seconds left on the clock.                                                         

The second bronze medal was won by Cancun Grand Prix gold medallist Michaela Polleres (AUT) who submitted Bernabeu with a kosh-jime strangle for ippon with 88 seconds left on the clock.

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  • Miriam Butkereit (GER) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi (2018, UAE) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Margaux Pinot (FRA), Miriam Butkereit (GER) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi (2018, UAE) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Michaela Polleres (AUT), Maria Bernabeu (ESP) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi (2018, UAE) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation

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