Tyumen Grand Slam: Polling triumphs in Russia

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Tyumen Grand Slam: Polling triumphs in Russia

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World number One Kim Polling won the gold medal at the Tyumen Grand Slam in Russia on Sunday after outclassing Canada’s Kelita Zupancic in the under 70 kilo category.

The 23-year-old secured the win with a waza-ari from a perfectly executed ura-nage.

Japan’s Kanae Yamabe reigned supreme in the under 78 kilo class. The World number six downed Jeju Grand Prix silver medallist Jung Eun Lee with a clinical ippon in the second minute.

In the men’s event, Alan Khubetsov’s hopes of winning Russia’s second gold medal of the competition were dashed as he was stunned by Victor Penalber in the under 81 kilo final.

Japan’s Yuya Yoshida won his maiden Grand Slam gold by downing Usbekistan’s Dilshod Choriev thanks to a late waza-ari while European silver medallist Elmar Gasimov topped the under 100 kilo category after edging out Kyle Reyes of Canada in the showpiece match.

Brazil’s Rafael Silva kept his composure to beat Takeshi Ojitani in the +100kg final.

The world number two was still made to battle hard throughout the contest and prevailed after his opponent received a shido for passivity.