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Japan win all four medals as Masako Doi takes all the glory
23 Nov 2019 14:30
Budapest Grand Prix winner Doi Masako retained her 2018 Grand Slam crown at the expense of Grand Slam newcomer Kota Nana (JPN) as the hosts won all four medals in the -63kg category. World number 22 Doi held down Kota for 20 seconds and ippon for the best win of her career given the timing and proximity to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
In the first semi-final Doi bested four-time world medallist Tashiro Miku (JPN) in golden score with a tomoe-nage for a waza-ari score.
In the second semi-final two-time World Judo Masters silver medallist Nabekura Nami (JPN) fell to Kota in golden score by ippon from a sumi-gaeshi.
The first bronze medal contest was won by Nabekura who submitted Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist Maylin Del Toro Carvajal (CUB) with a juji-gatame after two and a half minutes of golden score.
The second bronze medal was won by Tashiro who beat Asian Games bronze medallist Han Hee Ju (KOR) with a convincing display. Tashiro will not be happy with bronze having seen an opportunity to cement her place for Tokyo 2020 slip away at the hands of a teammate but showed her character to bounce back in the final block.
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