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Distria Krasniqi takes gold on her own

5 Apr 2019 18:00

 Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation
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Kosovo’s Distria Krasniqi defeated Olympic bronze medallist Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh of Kazakhstan by ippon to claim her sixth Grand Prix title. Paris Grand Slam silver medallist Krasniqi, whose coach Driton Toni Kuka is at home with another set of athletes for a training camp, won it alone with a convincing performance that culminated with a harai-goshi for ippon with six seconds left on the clock.

In the first semi-final Krasniqi threw Düsseldorf Grand Slam silver medallist Kang Yujeong (KOR) with an o-soto-gari for ippon with 16 seconds left on the clock. In the second semi-final Galbadrakh narrowly defeated Ekaterinburg Grand Slam bronze medallist Milica Nikolic (SRB) by a waza-ari score.

The first bronze medal contest was won by Nikolic who shaded World Judo Masters bronze medallist Marusa Stangar (SLO) by the margin of a single waza-ari which was the only score in the four minute contest which opened the final block. 

The second bronze medal was won by Kang who defeated world number 61 Mireia Lapuerta Comas (ESP) in 36 seconds by ippon from a low tai-otoshi.


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  • Distria Krasniqi (KOS) - Grand Prix Antalya (2019, TUR) - © IJF Robin Willingham, International Judo Federation
  • Distria Krasniqi (KOS), Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh (KAZ), Yu Jeong Kang (KOR), Milica Nikolic (SRB) - Grand Prix Antalya (2019, TUR) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation
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