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Slovenian Klara Apotekar captures first Grand Slam title
26 Oct 2019 17:10
World number nine Klara Apotekar of Slovenia won her maiden Grand Slam gold medal and maintained her 100% record against world number 12 Luise Malzahn (GER) by winning the U78kg final. Apotekar was awarded the win after 50 seconds of golden score when the 21-time Grand Prix medallist from Germany was given a direct direct hansoku-make for endangering the right arm of her opponent.
In the first semi-final Malzahn bested former Hohhot Grand Prix bronze medallist Lee Jeongyun (KOR) by ippon to progress into the gold medal contest.
In the second semi-final world number 10 Loriana Kuka (KOS) suffered a defeat at the hands of Apotekar from a waza-ari score in added time.
The first bronze medal contest was won by world champion Madeleine Malonga (FRA) who used her long legs to catch Kuka with an o-uchi-gari for ippon. The Frenchwoman, who lost her quarter-final to Malzahn, salvaged a place on the podium in her first appearance on the circuit since winning her first world crown in Tokyo.
The second bronze medal was won by European Games silver medallist Guusje Steenhuis (NED) who dismissed Lee after 90 seconds with an o-uchi-gari for ippon as the Netherlands continued to impress in the United Arab Emirates.
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