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Olympic champion Silva beats world champion Yoshida
10 May 2019 22:35
Olympic champion Rafaela Silva of Brazil ruled in the U57kg category as the 2013 world champion defeated reigning world champion Yoshida Tsukasa (JPN) for the first time. Yoshida, who led their head-to-head series 3-0 before today, was the favourite to win in Baku but Silva pounced with 15 seconds left for a waza-ari score to claim her 12th Grand Slam medal but first of the golden variety.
In the first semi-final Yoshida beat Tashkent Grand Prix winner Theresa Stoll (GER) by ippon while in the second semi-final Marrakech Grand Prix bronze medallist Karakas Hedvig (HUN) fell to long-time rival Silva by a waza-ari score.
The first bronze medal was awarded to Karakas after world number 122 Tian Hongjie (CHN) was disqualified for a waki-gatame to send the Hungarian onto the medal podium. The second bronze medal was won by Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Helene Receveaux (FRA) after Stoll was disqualified after picking up her third shido for passivity.
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