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Former Korean world champion An Baul looking for his form

24 Oct 2019 06:25

 Mark Pickering - IJF    Mongolian JudoHeroes
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Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist An Baul (KOR) has been low in confidence this year and has only featured at one IJF event in 2019 as he’s endured a torrid year with Tokyo 2020 firmly on the horizon. An is desperate to recapture his form and turn around winless 2019 season.

An, 25, now finds himself down at 31st place on the IJF World Ranking List after missing out on top spot on the IJF stage since taking gold in Paris last year.

The seoi-nage specialist, who was a surprise winner at the Worlds back in 2015, missed the first half of the 2019 season after being the subject of some disciplinary procedures at home.

An returned to the competition tatami in August but was understandably off the pace at the World Championships in Tokyo as he lost his first contest to Yondonperenlei Baskhuu (MGL) after being penalised for a false attack on two occasions and once for his defensive posture.

He will be unseeded in Abu Dhabi and could torment the top seeds from the outset.

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