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Dutchman Michael Korrel clinches Grand Slam hat-trick
12 May 2019 18:10
Dutchman Michael Korrel defeated Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Kazbek Zankishiev of Russia to reign in Baku. Tbilisi Grand Prix gold medallist Korrel prevailed after 68 seconds of golden score as he dropped under the Russian for a waza-ari score to decide the fate of the U100kg category.
In the first semi-final Zankishiev defeated Osaka Grand Slam bronze medallist Jorge Fonseca (POR) by ippon in golden score from a juji-gatame. In the second semi-final Korrel bested world bronze medallist Lkhagvasuren Otgonbaatar (MGL) by a waza-ari score.
The first bronze medal was won by Düsseldorf Grand Slam bronze medallist Zelym Kotsoiev (AZE) who threw Lkhagvasuren in the centre of the mat with a uchi-mata for ippon after 80 seconds of golden score.
The second bronze medal went to Marrakech Grand Prix winner Benjamin Fletcher (IRL) who dispatched a worn out Fonseca after 78 seconds of golden score by a waza-ari score.
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