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Munkhbat takes gold at the World Judo Masters


Munkhbat takes gold at the World Judo Masters


Mongolia’s Urantsetseg Munkhbat kept her composure to down Paula Pareto in the women’s under 48 kilo final on the opening day of the World judo masters in Morocco on Saturday.

In the under 52 kilo category, Russia’s Natalia Kuziutina stunned Japan’s Yuki Hashimoto in the showpiece match thanks to an early yuko as pre-tournament favourite Andreea Chitu had to settle for bronze.

Mongolia’s Sumiya Dorjsuren proved too strong for Helene Receveaux in the final of the under 57 kilo class. The 24-year-old was still made to battle hard throughout the contest but eventually secured the win when her French opponent received a penalty for passivity.

In the absence of World number one Clarisse Agbegnenou, Japan’s Miku Tashiro took gold in the under 67 kilo category after immobilising Kathrin Unterwurzacher of Austria.

In the men’s event, Japan’s Naohisa Takato held his nerve to outclass Orkhan Safarov in the final of the under 60 kilo class. The bronze medals were won by Boldbaatar Ganbat and Sharafuddin Lutfillaev.

Former world champion Georgii Zantaraia, who was up against Dzmitry Shershan in the under 66 kilo showpiece match, overcame an early shido to seal the win with a perfectly executed koshi-waza while Denis Iartcev reigned supreme in the under 73 kilo category. The Russian beat Georgia’s Nugzari Tatalashvili thanks to a clear uchi-mata for ippon.

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