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Natsumi Tsunoda stays undefeated on Grand Prix stage
26 Jul 2019 18:35
Former world silver medallist Tsunoda Natsumi (JPN) edged past Asian Games silver medallist Park Da Sol (KOR) by a single waza-ari score to win her second Grand Prix gold medal. Tsunoda, who is behind world champion Abe Uta and world silver medallist Shishime Ai in the race for Tokyo 2020, produced a professional performance to take a key win to remain in the frame for her country having been overlooked for a place at the World Championships next month.
In the first semi-final Tsunoda saw off Olympic silver medallist Jeong Bokyeong (KOR) by ippon. In the second semi-final London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Charline Van Snick (BEL) fell by ippon to Park.
The first bronze medal was awarded to Van Snick who submitted world number 61 Tetiana Levytska-Shukvani (GEO) with a juji-gatame to win her 15th Grand Prix medal.
The second bronze medal was won by European Games bronze medallist Chelsie Giles (GBR) who held down Jeong for 10 seconds after five minutes of golden score. Giles showed her immense talent by conquering the Olympic medallist with a neat turnover and osaekomi-waza to continue her rise up the rankings.
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