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Chikhrouhou tops the podium for Tunisia

30 Mar 2014 17:55

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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The last female category of the competition saw the African Champion Nihel Chikhrouhou (TUN) and Jasmin Kuelbs(GER) fight for gold. Rapidly the German seemed to take the lead but suddenly the Tunisian launched a rolling attack for yuko followed by an immobilisation from where KUELBS could not escape. Gold medal for Nihel Chikhrouhou and Tunisia, concluding a good weekend for the African continent.

In the women’s +78kg, the silver medallist of the last world championships in Rio, Maria Suelen ALTHEMAN (BRA) was definitely the ultimate favorite of the competition but she was surprisingly defeated in semifinal by the Tunisian, Nihel CHEIKH ROUHOU, event if the African Athlete is not totally unknown as she already won the African Open in Casablanca this year. In the second half of the draw, there was no surprise as top seeded athlete, Jasmin KUELBS (GER), reached the final after having eliminated the second Tunisian, Sahar TRABELSI (TUN) and the Turkish fighter Gulsah KOCATURK.
 
The first bronze medal fight opposed the two Turkish fighters, Kubra KARA (TUR) and Gulsah KOCATURK (TUR), for a third Turkish medal on the occasion of this year’s event. After only 15 seconds, Gulsah KOCATURK launched her left handed o-soto-gari for an other ippon on this spectacular final block.
 
The other bronze medal fight opposed Sahar TRABELSI (TUN) and Maria Suelen ALTHEMAN (BRA). Disappointed for not having reached the final, the Brazilian, gave no chance to the Tunisian to win the medal. After 25 seconds, she applied a counter-attack (ura-nage) for ippon.
 

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