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Pole position for Poland's Julia Kowalczyk in Antalya
5 Apr 2019 20:05
Polish Julia Kowalczyk topped an IJF podium for the first time in her career and did it the hard way after a 10-minute duel with world number 20 Kaja Kajzer (SLO). Junior World Championships bronze medallist Kajzer was disqualified after six minutes of golden score for passivity as the 2017 Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist from Poland celebrated the her biggest win on the IJF circuit.
In the first semi-final European U23 Championships winner Kowalczyk outlasted world number 69 Mariia Skora (UKR) in golden score while in the second semi-final world number 43 Zhang Wen (CHN) received her third penalty for passivity against Kajzer and was disqualified.
The first bronze medal was awarded to Zhang who defeated world number 41 Jovana Rogic (SRB) by two scores as an o-soto-gari and mune-gatame hold ended the hopes of Serbia momentarily.
The second bronze medal was won by Skora when Marica Perisic (SRB) was disqualified for endangering the arm of her opponent while attacking. Skora led with a waza-ari from a hip throw before the waki-gatame as Serbia missed out in both medal contests in the U57kg category.
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