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Mi-Jin Han contributes to third gold for Korea

26 Oct 2019 16:50

 Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation

Universiade gold medallist Han Mi Jin of Korea won her first Grand Slam crown with a resounding win over world number 12 Anne Fatoumata M Bairo (FRA) in the +78kg final. HAN launched her talented French foe with a uchi-mata after just 70 seconds and burst into tears after recording the biggest win of her career and one which opens the door for her to make a late run for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

In the first semi-final M Bairo emphatically defeated world number nine Kim Minjeong (KOR) by ippon having initially led by a waza-ari score.

In the second semi-final world number four Larisa Ceric (BIH) fell to Han by a waza-ari score as the little-known South Korean secured a place in the final.

The first bronze medal was won by Maria Suelen Altheman (BRA) who saw off the challenge of Ceric by ippon with a trademark makikomi to double Brazil’s medal haul in Abu Dhabi.

The second bronze medal was won by world number 11 Nihel Cheikh Rouhou (TUN) who threw Kim for a waza-ari and held down the stunned South Korean for 10 seconds to add a second and match-winning waza-ari score. Cheikh Rouhou lifted up her coach towards the rafters in celebration - which the crowd lapped up - and can expect to break into the world’s top 10 after scooping her seventh Grand Slam medal.

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  • Anne M Bairo (FRA), Mi-Jin Han (KOR) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi (2019, UAE) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation
  • Mi-Jin Han (KOR), Anne M Bairo (FRA), Maria Suelen Altheman (BRA), Nihel Cheikh Rouhou (TUN) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi (2019, UAE) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation
  • Mi-Jin Han (KOR) - Grand Slam Abu Dhabi (2019, UAE) - © IJF Marina Mayorova, International Judo Federation

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