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Szofia Ozbas amazes with another big career milestone

17 Oct 2019 19:30

 IJF Media Department    Marco Krachten

Hungarian Szofia Ozbas keeps on going. She harvests more and more in her young but impressive career. On Thursday she captured the Junior World title as sixth Hungarian, five of them were women, two of the former Hungarian world champions made to a senior World championships final.

Almost a year to the day, after her title at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (October 7, 2018), Ozbas Szofi (HUN), still signed a good performance by entering the final of the Junior World Championships, in which she was opposed to the Serbian Anja Obradovic, already double world medallist (Cadets 2015, Junior 2018).

If she appears a little shy when entering the tatami, Ozbas Szofi is terribly effective. She was the first to score a waza-ari from a magnificent sequence with a change in direction, while at the same time her opponent was penalized twice, then a third time, offering the victory to the Hungarian who after the YOG, wins a significant Junior World Championship title.

Having already won the bronze medal a few weeks ago at the Junior European Championships, Dena Pohl was again on the run to get on the podium, this time at the world level. She was opposed to Japan's Ura Asumi, who was already a bronze medallist last year at the Junior Worlds in Nassau, Bahamas. Unashamedly, the German started the match, even if she looked a bit below physically, compared to the steamroller of the Japanese. This one finished by sending Pohl on the ground, without marking, but with sufficient control to follow with a immobilization.

The next generation of the Kosovo team is already assured, thanks to the young Laura Fazliu (KOS), who, with all the power and technique of her illustrious elders, was opposed to Renata Zachova (CZE) in the second bronze medal contest. Fazliu confirmed by winning with a tremendous counterattack for ippon.

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  • Szofi Ozbas (HUN), Anja Obradovic (SRB), Laura Fazliu (KOS), Asumi Ura (JPN) - World Championships Juniors Marrakech (2019, MAR) - © IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio, International Judo Federation
  • Szofi Ozbas (HUN) - World Championships Juniors Marrakech (2019, MAR) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation
  • Anja Obradovic (SRB) - World Championships Juniors Marrakech (2019, MAR) - © IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio, International Judo Federation

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