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Rafaela Silva is back to Olympic level
12 Jul 2019 19:55
Brazilian Olympic champion Rafaela Silva earned her sixth Grand Prix title with a resounding win over European Games silver medallist Nora Gjakova (KOS) in the U57kg final. Silva took her opportunity with 53 seconds left as she countered a weak uchi-mata on the edge of the contest area by rolling over Kosovo’s star for ippon and gold for Brazil.
In the first semi-final Gjakova powered past world number 15 Miryam Roper (PAN) while in the second semi-final Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Karakas Hedvig (HUN) failed with an uchi-mata and was countered by silva with a ko-soto-gake in golden score.
The first bronze medal was won by Karakas who narrowly defeated Marrakech Grand Prix silver medallist Anna Borowska (POL) by a waza-ari score to win Hungary’s first medal at their home Grand Prix to the delight of the Budapest faithful.
The second bronze medal was won by 39-year-old Sabrina Filzmoser (AUT) who became the oldest medallist on the IJF World Judo Tour after 37-year-old Roper picked up an injury and had to withdraw from the contest. The previous record holder was Ilse Heylen (BEL). Watch our stats generator for the list of oldest medallists in the World Judo Tour.
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