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Korean domination as An Baul defeats Kim U66kg
8 Feb 2020 18:30
Olympic silver medallist An Baul of Korea made a timely return to form and beat his teammate to gold as he now looks set for another tilt at Olympic gold this summer. Baby-faced An, 25, who won the world title in 2015, registered an unblemished record while Japan-based Kim, 27, squandered the chance to register a vital win over his compatriot as he tamely surrendered the final after receiving his third shido in golden score.
In the first semi-final An thwarted World Judo Masters bronze medallist Yondonperenlei Baskhuu (MGL) by the maximum score to book an all-Korean final.
In the second semi-final 2009 world champion Georgii Zantaraia (UKR) struggled against world silver medallist Kim Limhwan (KOR) and accumulated three shidos to bow out of the race for gold as it was Kim who marched on to the final.
In the first bronze medal contest Zantaraia reigned over countryman and world number 26 Bogdan Iadov (UKR) with a ko-soto-gake which edged him onto the podium by a waza-ari score. As soon as the gong signalled the end of an exciting clash between the two teammates, the pair immediately shook hands after a spell of ne-waza and the evergreen Zantaraia soaked up the moment, and regained his breath, before returning to his feet.
The second bronze medal went to Yondonperenlei who defeated world number seven Baruch Shmailov (ISR) deep into golden score. Mongolia’s Yondonperenlei found a way past his adversary from Israel after three and a half minutes of added time by dropping under the world number seven for a contest-winning waza-ari score.
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