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Finally gold for Hedi Karakas in the World Tour
20 Sep 2019 17:30
Hungarian Hedvig Karakas was finally awarded with gold in the World Tour as she captured the first place U57kg after her victory against Bulgarian Iveline Ilieva. It is the experienced Karakas Hedvig of Hungary who won in Tashkent after a tactical fight that was essentially led by a kumikata battle. Under pressure from the two shidos she had received, the Hungarian did not lose focus and scored a waza-ari on sumi-gaeshi about thirty seconds from the end.
Karakas then only had to control the rest of the final to win her second Grand Prix gold. Both had recently fought in Tokyo at the World Championships as well
In the first match for the bronze medal, the score was very tight, as neither Marica Perisic (SRB) nor Kwon Youjeong (KOR) could score for most of the contest. It was only five seconds before the end of the match that Kwon scored a waza-ari on a slightly confusing action, but that was enough to give her the medal.
She was once again very close to getting on a Grand Prix podium. Sabrina Filzmoser (AUT) did not miss much to do it. But opposed to Kim Jandi (KOR), she finally had to bow after she was countered and then immobilized.
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