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heavyweight Hyeonji Lee captured the only Korean world title


Lee then passed Tunisian Zeineb Troudi in the semi-final to guarantee herself a medal. It would be an all-Asian final, Korea against Japan.The second medal of the category was contested by Helene Schrattenholzer (AUT) and Cancan of France. The medal went to France after Cancan’s top grip and aggressive throwing ability became too much for the Austrian. An ippon throw and a bronze were the perfect reward for a great day of judo.Tomoka Inoue (JPN) employed her o-uchi-gari and uchi-mata favourites throughout, combining them neatly in ne-waza, to win her quarter.On the other side of the draw France slipped up, their second entry in the category, Leonie Minkada-Caquineau losing to unseeded Korean Hyeonji Lee to a waza-ari in golden score. Lee gave a stronger account of herself in the next round, beating Kosnarova (CZE) by waza-ari and 3 penalties, just to be sure.The final was also a lesson in commitment with the Korean approaching the contest without fear, searching for the throw throughout, and finding it. She put in an introductory attack for waza-ari but without waiting much longer attacked again and with a swift change of direction, threw Inoue to the rear for ippon, securing gold and also deciding the top of the medal table for the whole championship. Without a 3rd gold medal, Azerbaijan hold position at the top!Troudi dropped into the bronze medal contest to face Banaszewska (POL) who had just beaten Tengelbayeva (KAZ) in the repechage final. Troudi was no match for the Polish fighter though and was thrown for ippon cleanly without too much resistance. It was a bronze medal for Poland.France and Japan decided that in the heavyweight women’s group they would each place an athlete in the semi-final stage at the Cadet World Championships in Zagreb. It’s an old rivalry and one which has no predictable result. The French heavyweight women’s school is the best in the world at the moment and so finding Celia Cancan winning again and again was no surprise.

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