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Kim Sung-Min rejoins the world’s heavyweight elite

10 Feb 2019 21:45

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    Klaus Müller / Watch: https://km-pics.de/
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Asian Games gold medallist Kim Sung-Min (KOR) conquered Olympic silver medallist Harasawa Hisayoshi (JPN) by ippon with an o-soto-gari to win gold in the last contest of the 2019 Paris Grand Slam. Kim has toiled of late and had been surpassed by a new generation of heavyweights but showed he can still mix it with the best and renewed his place among the sport’s top heavyweights.

In the first semi-final Tel Aviv Grand Prix winner Or Sasson (ISR) was thrown for a waza-ari by KIM who pinned down the Israeli to power into the final.

In the second semi-final Osaka Grand Slam winner Henk Grol (NED) v Olympic silver medallist Harasawa Hisayoshi (JPN)

The first bronze medal was won by 2018 Paris champion Kageura Kokoro (JPN) who used his lethal ashi-waza to catch Grol for ippon.

The second and last bronze medal contest saw world silver medallist Ushangi Kokauri (AZE) topple Sasson by ippon.

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