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Sally Conway's perfect season start in Tel Aviv

24 Jan 2020 18:05

 Nicolas Messner - IJF    IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation
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At the women’s U70kg weight class in Tel Aviv Kim Seongyeon of Korea and the British Olympic medallist Sally Conway made their way to the final. From the start, Conway set a steady pace to take over from Kim, which she did perfectly by scoring ippon on a first ko-uchi-gari that she followed to tackle the Korean on her back.

The first bronze medal match saw Gulnoza Matniyazova (UZB) facing the current Cadets World Champion, Ai Tsunoda Roustant (ESP). Obviously stronger than her opponent, it took almost 3 minutes to Tsunoda Roustant to score a first waza-ari with a powerful te-waza technique. A Waza-ari that she could keep until the final gong to win a very first World Judo Tour medal. It might be only the beginning of a promising career.

In the second bronze medal contest, Kelita Zupancic (CAN) was opposed to Miriam Butkereit (GER). But having been disqualified earlier during the competition the German was not present and Kelita Zupancic won the bronze medal.

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  • Seong-Yeon Kim (KOR), Sally Conway (GBR) - Grand Prix Tel Aviv (2020, ISR) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation
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