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Reed breaks through in Miami


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Reed breaks through in Miami

Seven weight categories were in action on the second and final day of the Judo Grand Prix in Miami.

Britain’s Tom Reed highlighted his World Judo Tour credentials by beating seven-time Pan American medallist Emmanuel Lucenti of Argentina to win the under 81 kilo class and his first Grand Prix medal.

Reed finally made his breakthrough at this level and secured the biggest result of his career with a sumi-gaeshi for yuko which good enough for victory.

In the women’s under 78kg division World Champion Audrey Tcheumeo of France produced a high-quality display to beat world number 10 Luise Malzahn.

Tcheumeo eventually proved too strong for her German opponent holding her down with a mune-gatame for ippon.

World number three Megumi Tachimoto of Japan reigned supreme in the women’s over 78 kilo class.

Tachimoto claimed gold after overpowering former Russian Championship silver medallist Mariia Shekerova with a wazi-ari.

Tachimoto’s younger sister Haruka won the under 70kg bronze earlier in the day.

Korean Kim Soo-Whan won the men’s over 100 kilo division to be crowned heavyweight champion.

The Former Asian champion provided a stunning conclusion to the Miami event as he elevated World Judo Masters bronze medallist Renat Saidov of Russia with an uchi-mata for a magnificent ippon.

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