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World Judo Championships: Kelmendi and Ebinuma continue world dominance


World Judo Championships: Kelmendi and Ebinuma continue world dominance


Majlinda Kelmendi succesfully retained her under 52 kilo title on day two of the world championships in in Chelyabinsk, Russia on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Kosovo-born Albanian beat Andreea Chitu whom she outscored from the off with a waza-ari half point after just 95 seconds.

It was Kelmendi’s third major title in a row after also reigning supreme at the European championships in April.

The first bronze medal was won by Brazil’s Erika Miranda, who washed away her semi-final upset by beating Yanet Bermoy Acosta of Cuba.

Miranda eventually won one of the two bronze medals on offer courtesy of having received fewer penalties than her opponent.

Russia’s Natalia Kuziutina thrilled her home support when she won the second bronze medal in the under 52 kilo class.

The 25-year-old beat China’s Yingnan Ma for her best result of her career.

Japanese judoka Masashi Ebinuma lived up to his favourite status by beating home hope Mikhail Pulyaev in the under 66 kilo category.

At just 24-years-old Ebinuma is already in a class of his own and defeated his Russian opponent by ippon to secure his third consecutive world title.

The first bronze medal was won by Kamal Khan-Magomedov.

The home crowd were on their feet again when their judoka beat Frenchman Loic Korval with a yuko score -the third highest score behind a Waza Ari and an Ippon.

The second bronze medal was won by Georgii Zantaraia.

The Ukrainian beat Japan’s Kengo Takaichi who lost out on bronze after being penalized for not taking a grip.

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