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Fifth Grand Prix success for Kosovo’s Nora Gjakova
29 Mar 2019 16:30
Nora Gjakova of Kosovo celebrated for fifth Grand Prix gold medal with a win against Olympic champion Rafaela Silva (BRA) in the U57kg final. Silva was guilty of a bear hug in golden score and received her third shido and was disqualified. The result meant a first medal for Kosovo while Brazil earned their third after a strong start in Tbilisi.
In the first semi-final World Judo Masters silver medallist Gjakova saw off 2014 world bronze medallist Sanne Verhagen (NED) by a waza-ari score. In the second semi-final Silva conquered 2018 Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist Helene Receveaux (FRA) by ippon.
The first bronze medal was won by Receveaux who proved to be too physical and powerful for Marrakech Grand Prix silver medallist Anna Borowska (POL) who was disqualified after three penalties.
The second bronze medal was won by Verhagen who threw Düssledorf Grand Slam bronze medallist Sarah Leonie Cysique (FRA) with an ippon seoi-nage for the maximum score. After winning her first IJF medal since 2015 the Dutchwoman will now be tipped to make a qualification run for Tokyo 2020.
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