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Brazil’s Maria Altheman earns fifth Grand Slam title
17 Mar 2019 15:45
Brazil’s Maria Suelen Altheman won her fifth Grand Slam gold medal with a determined display in the women’s heavyweight category. Two-time world silver medallist Altheman saw off The Hague Grand Prix bronze medallist Anne Fatoumata M Bairo (FRA) in golden score with an o-uchi-gari in an entertaining final.
In the first semi-final World Judo Masters bronze medallist Larisa Ceric (BIH) picked up a knee injury against M Bairo and had to forfeit the contest. In the second semi-final Altheman beat world number nine Beatriz Souza (BRA) by ippon.
The first bronze medal was awarded to Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Sandra Jablonskyte (LTU) who threw with a makikomi and then held down Souza for a second and match-winning waza-ari. The second bronze medal was won by Tel Aviv Grand Prix bronze medallist Rochele Nunes (POR) as Ceric could not compete due to injury.
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