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World number one Amandine Buchard takes precious gold in Baku

10 May 2019 20:05

 Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation
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French world number one Amandine Buchard (FRA) won U52kg gold in Azerbaijan as former world champion Shishime Ai (JPN) picked up a knee injury during their final and could no longer continue. Five-time Grand Prix winner Buchard claimed her first Grand Slam title at the expense of the unfortunate Japanese who took silver at the Worlds last year.

In the first semi-final Buchard bested The Hague Grand Prix silver medallist Eleudis Valentim (BRA) by a waza-ari score while in the second semi-final Shishime defeated Marrakech Grand Prix bronze medallist Gefen Primo (ISR) by ippon.

The first bronze medal was awarded to Primo who was a class above Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Evelyne Tschopp (SUI) who lost out by a waza-ari score.

The second bronze medal was won by Antalya Grand Prix bronze medallist Larissa Pimenta (BRA) who further established herself as Brazil’s number one at U52kg by besting colleague Valentim by a waza-ari score from a sode-tsurikomi-goshi. 

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  • Amandine Buchard (FRA), Gefen Primo (ISR), Larissa Pimenta (BRA) - Grand Slam Baku (2019, AZE) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation
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