Reigning world champion Yarden Gerbi was made to pay for a lack of aggression in the 63 kilogram category final.
The Israeli was thrown for waza-ari by Russia’s Marta Labazina. When Gerbi was also hit with 3 shido, it became too big a mountain to climb.In the 70 kilo final, African champion Assmaa Niang from Morocco met Great Britain’s Sally Conway. Conway is the European Open bronze medallist but in the end she was no match for Niang, who threw her for waza-ari. It’s the Moroccan’s biggest career win to date.
The men’s 73 kilo category was a cagey affair. Israel’s Sagi Muki was wary of the formidable ex-world champion Hiroyuki Akimoto. With good reason. With only seconds remaining on the clock, Akimoto threw Muki by seoi-nage to claim a convincing victory.
And America’s Travis Stevens took on Sven Maresch of Germany in the 81 kilogram category. It was a drawn out match, as the German narrowly avoided being flipped onto his back. He fought on, but couldn’t escape the close attentions of Stevens, who closed out with a mune-gatame.