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Kazakh Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh show form in Zagreb
26 Jul 2019 17:55
Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh (KAZ) emerged triumphant at the Grand Prix Zagreb after a titanic battle with Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Melanie Clement (FRA) as the pair went toe-to-toe for over 10 minutes on the tatami. Olympic bronze medallist Galbadrakh and Clement, who both hold wins over world champion Daria Bilodid (UKR), both scored a waza-ari during regulation time to force golden score.
After four and a half minutes of added time, Clement walked straight onto an o-ouchi-gari from pocket rocket Galbadrakh who captured the first gold medal at the Zagreb Grand Prix 2019.
In the first semi-final Antalya Grand Prix bronze medallist Gulkader Senturk (TUR) fell to Clement (FRA) after being countered after two minutes of golden score with an uchi-mata for a waza-ari score. In the second semi-final Galbadrakh beat Asian-Pacific Championships gold medallist LI Yanan (CHN).
The first bronze medal contest was won by LI who beat world number 89 Shushila Devi Likmabam (IND) with 21 seconds left on the clock. China’s LI threw with a makikomi to overcome the plucky Indian judoka who still achieved the best result of her career on the IJF circuit.
The second bronze medal was won by Senturk who defeated Hohhot Grand Prix silver medallist Xiong Yao (CHN) after 56 seconds by ippon from an o-uchi-gari.
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