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Tina Trstenjak top performer U63kg

25 Oct 2020 00:20

 Jo Crowley - IJF and JudoInside    IJF Gabriela Sabau / International Judo Federation
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After day two of the Grand Slam in Budapest Russia remains at the top with the two gold medals of the first day, followed by seven countries which now have at least one gold medal. No big surprises on Saturday with three favourites who won the gold medals. Barbara Matic was quite a surprise winning gold U70g, but the finals started at U63kg the Olympic champion Tina Trstenjak (SLO) who was the main favourite.

Among the four highest seeds of the Grand Slam, in this category, three of them made the semi-finals, which shows how, despite the interruption of the circuit for such long months and the absence of the world number one, Clarisse Agbegnenou (FRA), the world hierarchy has been respected. The only anomaly was the Venezuelan Anriquelis Barrios, although she was one of the top 8, pushing at the doors of the final to face the obvious Tina Trstenjak (SLO), the reigning Olympic Champion.

It was a great performance from Tina Trstenjak, who showed that despite the pause and the unusual circumstances of the restart, she is in very good condition. Never in danger throughout the day, she confirmed that next year in Tokyo she will again be one of the favourites. In less than two minutes, she took the measure of her opponent in the final, turned her on to her back, took the time to free her leg, and immobilised her. It's simple, it's effective and that then brought a new gold medal at a big event on the World Judo Tour.

What a superb performance from Ozbas Szofi (HUN), who is still a brown belt and the 2019 Junior World Champion and Youth Olympic Games winner. She defeated the experienced Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (CAN) with two waza-ari. It is a very interesting result for the home country, Hungary and for the new generation. The second bronze medal went to Russian Daria Davydova, after having defeated the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Ketleyn Quadros of Brazil. This may be another transmission from one generation to an other.

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