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Vargas Koch ends Grand Prix Samsun with Gold

29 Mar 2014 17:25

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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Germany was again present in the final with Laura Vargas Koch (GER) against Sally Conway (GBR). Penalized three times for passivity and gripping infringements, Conway could not find a solution and Vargas Koch collected the second gold medal of the day for Germany with a waza-ari scored with o-uchi-gari, at the very end of the final.

Silver medallist at the Rio World Championships, last summer and winner of the Rijeka Grand Prix a few weeks later, Laura VARGAS KOCH (GER) was the favorite of the competition in the women's -70kg. Winning all her preliminary fights by ippon, the German showed an unstoppable power up to the final where she was opposed to the British athlete Sally CONWAY who defeated Yarden MAYERSOHN (ISR), Barbara TIMO (BRA) and Assmaa NIANG (MAR) to win her ticket to the podium.
Winner of the Düsseldorf 2014 Grand Prix, Assmaa NIANG (MAR) wanted to demonstrate that her victory was not an accident, and she did pretty well, when she eliminated the World Champion and Olympic Bronze medallist from France, Gévrise EMANE, who looked a little bit tired after a long training camp in Brazil over the past weeks.
The first bronze medal fight opposed Lior WILDIKAN (ISR) and Assmaa NIANG (MAR. NIANG was the first to score a yuko with a hip movement in the hedge of the fighting area. An other incredible hip movement from NIANG offered her a waza-ari and immediately after a third o-goshi for a second waza-ari and a new medal for the Moroccan at that level of competition after her victory in Düsseldorf earlier this year.
In the second bronze medal contest, the victory was decided between the two French, Gevrise EMANE (FRA) and Margaux PINOT (FRA). Apparently really tired, EMANE was not capable of raising the rhythm and was penalized more than PINOT, who finally won the medal.
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