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Clarisse stamps her class as South Korean men dominate

Clarisse stamps her class as South Korean men dominate

Tribune News Network
Doha
France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou (World No. 1 in -63kg category) made a dream start towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as she claimed gold at the IJF Doha World Judo Masters 2021 on Tuesday.
The reigning European champion and Olympic silver medallist underlined her status ahead of the Tokyo Games with a dominating performance in the under 63 kg category at the Lusail Multipurpose Hall.
The Rio silver medalist, first overcame Britain’s Lucy Renshall (in the golden score), Venezuelan Anriquelis Barrios (ippon) and Austrian Magdalena Krssakova (ippon) before defeating Japan’s Nami Nabekura in the final.
“I am very happy because it was a really tough competition,” Agbegnenou said.
“It’s nice to start (the season) like that but I would keep in mind that I need to be ready for the Olympic Games,” the 28-year-old added.
It was a close final and the two judokas were separated by the golden score, and Agbegnenou said she has gained a lot of confidence from her triumph in Qatar.
“I have already qualified for Olympics. I wanted this competition to see myself what I can do and assess myself to know what I need to work on. This event gave me confidence that I can put up my level and I can work on other things. I have good motivation and power so I have to stay like this. Definitely, I have to improve a lot and work on new techniques,” she said.
The event is being staged under strict health safety measures and the Frenchwoman was happy with the level of organisation by Qatar. “It is really hard what is happening to the world but Qatar is organising this event really well. We wanted to see this country more and I hope we can see it in good times because it seems really beautiful,” said Agbegnenou.
In the other women’s event, Japan’s Yoko Ono won the -70kg gold edging Russia’s Madina Taimazova in the final.
Ono dominated the final but Taimazova resisted well during normal time, but the golden score period was too much for the young Russian, who had to endure defeat by hold down in less than two minutes of golden score.
Meanwhile, the South Koreans continued to shine in the men’s field with 2018 world champion An Changrim claiming third gold medal for the country, following victories by Jin Won Kim and An Baul on the opening day.
Changrim met hot favourite Soichi Hashimoto of South Korea in the under 73kg final and after a close battle, the latter was disqualified for a dangerous technique.
The top opponents entered golden score after stalemate at the end of normal time. Both the judokas continued to neutralise one another before Hashimoto was disqualified after 3 minutes and 43 seconds of extra time due to foul play, with Changrim emerging as the winner.
In the -81kg category, Tato Griglashvili gave Georgia their first gold medal after his victory over Dutchman Frank Dewit in the final.
South Korea continue to lead the medals table at Doha Masters 2021 – a 2020 Tokyo Games qualifying event – with three golds followed by Japan, who have two gold medals and 4 silver. France are third with two gold medals besides a silver and bronze medal each. Kosovo (1 gold, 2 bronze) and Georgia (1 gold, 1 bronze) complete the top five countries in medals tale.
The three-day event will conclude on Wednesday with five titles (3 men and 2 female) to be decided.
Results: Men’s -73kg: Gold: Changrim An (South Korea), Silver: Soichi Hashimoto (Japan), Bronze: Igor Wandtke (Germany), Turave Khikmatillokh (Uzbekistan); -81kg: Gold: Tato Griglashvili (Gerogia), Silver: Frank Dewit (Netherlands); Bronze: Ivaylo Ivanov (Bulgaria); Women’s -63kg: Gold: Clarisse Agbegnenou (France), Silver: Nami Nabrkura (Japan); Bronze: Sanne Vermeer (Netherlands) Andreja Leski (Slovania); -70kg: Gold: Yoko Ono (Japan), Silver: Madina Taimazova (Russia); Bronze: Kim Polling (Netherlands), Giovanna Scoccimarro (Germany).

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