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Kim Won Jin stars on return
24 May 2019 15:10
Double world medallist Kim Won Jin of Korea stole the show in Hohhot with the ippon of the day as he beat Asian Championships silver medallist Yang Yung Wei (TPE) to win the U60kg final.
Osaka Grand Slam bronze medallist Kim, who finished seventh at Rio 2016 Olympics, added a touch of class to proceedings in the men’s lightest weight category as he claimed his fifth Grand Prix crown with a sensational hane-goshi for ippon in his first competition of the year.
In the first semi-final Ekaterinburg Grand Slam bronze medallist Albert Oguzov (RUS) fell to Kim by ippon while in the second semi-final Yang defeated former Qingdao Grand Prix winner Choi In Hyuk (KOR) by a waza-ari score in golden score.
The first bronze medal was won by Choi who outworked world number 60 Kim Yong Gwon (PRK) on his way to victory by a waza-ari score from an off balance attack after showing for a ippon-seoi-nage.
The second bronze medal went to Oguzov who wrapped up a convincing win at the halfway point with two waza-ari scores as Tel Aviv Grand Prix bronze medallist Cedric Revol (FRA) was overwhelmed from start to finish.
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