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Emilie Andeol turns silver into gold
18 Oct 2015 17:30
In the heavyweight final of the Grand Slam in Paris, European Games winner Emilie Andeol of France defeated Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Franziska Konitz of Germany to win +78kg gold and continue her country’s medal charge on day two. Andeol, who took silver a year ago, trapped her opponent in osaekomi for 20 seconds and ippon as the home crowd were on their feet to celebrate once again.
In the first semi-final contest world champion Yu Song of China lost to Emilie Andeol by ippon from an uchi-mata despite initially leading by a yuko. In the second semi-final Franziska Konitz secured her place in the final by seeing off Vanessa Zambotti of Mexico on shido penalties with two against the Mexican and Konitz posting an unblemished record.
The first bronze medal was claimed by Jeju Grand Prix bronze medallist Iryna Kindzerska of the Ukraine who prevailed on shido penalties with all three shidos in the contest going against her Mexican opponent Zambotti. The second bronze medal contest was won on shidos by Lisbon European Open bronze medallist Larisa Ceric who ended a miserable day for world champion Yu who had to settle for fifth-place.
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