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Kayra Sayit hungry for heavyweight gold

25 Oct 2020 22:00

 IJF Media Department and JudoInside    IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation

Judofans might expected a 100% Brazilian final between Beatriz Souza and Maria Suelen Altheman. But two women developed strong in Budapest and resulted in a Tunisian-Turkish confrontation between Nihel Cheikh Rouhou and Kayra Sayit.

Throughout the final, Sayit seemed able to gain the upper hand over her opponent, without managing to achieve any strong technique to score. For her part, the Tunisian seemed to raise the pace of attack just a little during golden score, to try to win by penalties. However, it was on a false attack by Cheikh Rouhou that the final victory was given to the Turkish side.

It is no less true that these two finalists are regulars at the events of the World Judo Tour and that it was not surprising to find them at this level of performance. Until the semi-finals, the Brazilian confrontation was still possible though, before the other strong nations in the heavyweights, decided otherwise.

If Beatriz Souza (BRA) and Maria Suelen Altheman (BRA) wanted to meet in the final, they still met on the podium, since the two Brazilians finished in third place.

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  • Kayra Sayit (TUR), Nihel Cheikh Rouhou (TUN), Beatriz Souza (BRA), Maria Suelen Altheman (BRA) - Grand Slam Budapest (2020, HUN) - © IJF Gabriela Sabau, International Judo Federation
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