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Tessie Savelkouls saves her best until last in 2019
14 Dec 2019 15:35
World number 25 Tessie Savelkouls of the Netherlands won her first IJF title of the year at the final event of the season as the Dutchwoman won her country’s third gold medal in Qingdao. Former world bronze medallist Iryna Kindzerska (AZE) was outworked for the full four minutes of regulation time and was caught after 25 seconds of added time from a rolling seoi-nage for a waza-ari score.
In the first semi-final Kindzerska thwarted teenager Kim Hayun (KOR) after three minutes by ippon while in the second semi-final world number 36 Xu Shiyan (CHN) produced an error-strewn display to lose out against Savelkouls of the Netherlands.
The first bronze medal was won by world number 10 Maryna Slutskaya (BLR) who saw off Xu by ippon to deny the hosts a medal in their favourite weight category.
The second bronze medal was won by Kim after world number three Maria Suelen Altheman (BRA) received her third penalty for going out of the area after an insipid display where both judoka fought within themselves.
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