Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Kim Polling strikes with gold
23 Nov 2013 15:35
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).
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
French Marie Eve Gahie was crowned the new world champion after the French ace banished her memories of losing the 2018 final. Gahie defeated the unfancied Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Barbara Timo (POR) in the final after the Portuguese judoka belied her ranking of 29th in the world. Read more
Spanish World champion Nikoloz Sherazadishvili lost his second match against Axel Clerget (FRA) by a waza-ari score. The Spaniard failed to sparke in Tokyo and exited early on as a host of big names were shocked in the morning session on day five. Read more
The Minsk 2019 European Games got underway on Friday night with a quirky, joyful Opening Ceremony celebrating with athletes in Minsk’s Dinamo Stadium. The gasps from the 22,246 fans armed with smartphones were never far away as a succession of animals and birds regularly appeared to take to the skies. Read more
France's medal challenge in the women's U70kg competition is headed by Marie-Eve Gahie. However the competition is severe in this weight class. What used to be a European weight class is now a struggle against Japanese dominance at both Olympic and World level. Read more
The Grand Slam of Ekaterinburg booked a record number of participants. With 358 athletes of 47 nations saw by far more athletes this year compared to 2018 and 2017. Only the Grand Slams in Moscow attracted more judoka in 2010 (488) and 2011 (458). We will have a look at the women in Russia after the draw. The women U70kg counts 33 athletes, that happened only 5 times more in the IJF Tour. Read more
Junjie Shi (CHN)
|1||Abu Dhabi||25 Oct|
|2||Abu Dhabi||25 Oct|