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Mami Umeki leads race for Tokyo 2020
24 Nov 2019 17:05
Former world champion Umeki Mami won her second Grand Slam gold medal by beating her compatriot and the 2018 world champion Hamada Shori by ippon. Hamada took the lead before offering a weak attack and Umeki pounced to drive over the world number three for the maximum score and the most important win of her career.
In the first semi-final Umeki pinned Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Fanny Estelle Posvite (FRA) outside the contest area with a kuzure-kesa-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon.
In the second semi-final Asian-Pacific Championships gold medallist Izumi Mao (JPN) lost out to Hamada who threw with an o-uchi-gari and then held down her teammate with a tate-shiho-gatame.
The first bronze medal contest was won by Izumi who saw off the challenge of Junior World Championships gold medallist Wada Rinoko (JPN) by a waza-ari score in the opening contest of the final block.
The second bronze medal was won by Posvite who was superior to former world champion Audrey Tcheumeo (FRA). Posvite dispatched her teammate by ippon to establish herself as France’s number two in the category behind world champion Madeleine Malonga (FRA).
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