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Jeju Grand Prix: Day One


Jeju Grand Prix: Day One


France’s Automne Pavia produced a superb display to down compatriot Helene Receveaux in the under 57 kilo category final at the Jeju Grand Prix in South Korea on Thursday.

The World bronze medallist took control of the bout with a harai-goshi for an early a yuko before securing the win with a well taken osoto-gari.

In the under 52 kilo class, Romania’s Andreea Chitu made light work of Ai Shishime thanks to a clinical ippon with less than two minutes on the clock.

The bronze medals were shared by Israel’s Gili Choen and Laura Gomez of Spain while Amandine Buchard reigned supreme in the under 48 kilo category.

The French sensation defeated Shira Rishony by ippon in the semi-final before carrying her momentum into the showpiece match where she outclassed Ukraine’s Maryna Chernyak thanks to two consecutive waza-aris.

In the men’s event, local hope Won Jin Kim gave the crowd something to cheer about when he took gold in the under 60 kilo final. The 2013 world bronze medallist, who was up against Ryoya Kawano, scored a yuko before sealing the win with a waza-ari.

Japan bounced back from its loss as Sho Tateyama stepped it up a gear in the under 66 kilo class.

The 20-year-old struggled against former Junior world champion Baul An and eventually won by a single shido, giving him a major boost ahead of the Tokyo Grand Slam which gets underway on December 5.

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