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Van Snick shines in Dusseldorf


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Van Snick shines in Dusseldorf

Belgium’s Charline Van Snick produced a superb display to stun favourite Munkhbat Urantsetseg of Mongolia in the final of the women’s under 48 kilo category at the Judo Grand Prix in Dusseldorf on Friday.

The 24-year-old fought cleverly, getting her opponent penalised for passivity en route to a hard-fought win while China’s Yingnan Ma reigned supreme in the under 52 kilo class.

The young sensation edged out Japan’s Misato Nakamura in the showpiece match with Romania’s Andreea Chitu and Mareen Kraeh of Germany earning bronze.

Brazil’s Rafaela Silva beat Sumiya Dorjsuren to take gold in the under 57 kilo category. The former world champion dominated her opponent from the outset and eventually secured the win with this well taken ippon in the dying moments.

In the men’s event, Japan’s Toru Shishime downed the 2014 Tokyo Grand Slam winner Won Jin Kim in the under 60 kilo final while Japan’s Kengo Takaichi beat Tumurkhuleg Davaadorj to take gold in the under 66 kilo category.

The world number 15 dominated Russia’s Yakub Shamilov in the semi-final and carried his momentum into the showpiece match to secure the title.

The bronze medals were won by Georgia’s Vazha Margvelashvili and Baul An.

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