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Kim Polling strikes with gold

23 Nov 2013 15:35

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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At the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi Kim Polling of the Netherlands took the victory U70kg. Only ten seconds were necessary for Dutch Kim Polling to score the first yuko of the final against Jennifer Pitzanti (ITA) and 30 more seconds to catapult the Italian on her back with a superb o-goshi for ippon.

The first bronze medal was won by Sally Conway (GBR). The whole fight was really tense and neither of the two fighters could find any opportunity to throw until the very last second when Conway countered a last attempt from the Russian, Irina Gazieva, for a waza-ari. In the second bronze medal fight, Margaux Pinot (FRA) won by penalties against Giulia Cantoni (ITA). With no surprise, Kim Polling qualified for her sixth final of this season.

In the first round, she defeated Fanny Estelle Posvite (FRA) and in the semi-final, Giulia Cantoni (ITA). The French showed the most resistance to the power of the Dutch, but only for less than two minutes before being thrown and immobilised. The second Italian of the category, Jennifer Pitzanti (ITA), created the surprise and qualified for the final to face Polling. In the first round, she eliminated Antonia Moreira (ANG) before defeating Jia Zhao (CHN) and Irina Gazieva (RUS).

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