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Aaron Wolf shines in Tashkent


Aaron Wolf shines in Tashkent


The Japanese national anthem ‘Kimigayo’ rang out at the Tashkent Grand Prix as Aaron Wolf took gold in the under 90 kilo category.

The 19-year-old, who was up against Zlatko Kumric, beat Jevgenijs Borodavko in the semis and took his momentum into the showpiece match with yet another solid display.

Kenta Nishigata then handed Japan a second gold medal by overcoming the defending Tashkent Grand Prix winner Temuulen Battulga in the over 100 kilo final.

Nishigata was made to battle hard throughout the bout which was eventually settled on shido penalties.

In the under 90 kilo class, Germany’s Marc Odenthal produced a stunning performance to defeat former Astana Grand Prix winner Komronshokh Ustopiriyon thanks to a yuko.

The bronze medals were won by Sherali Juraev and Mihael Zgank.

In the women’s event, Great Britain’s Natalie Powell kept her composure to outclass Madeleine Malonga in the under 78 kilo final.

The World Judo Masters silver medallist conceded an early waza-ari before finding her range and holding down her opponent for 15 seconds.

In the over 78 kilo category, Kim Minjeong downed both of China’s leading heavyweights to take gold.

The South Korean looked in great shape and stunned world number one Song Yu in the semis before dominating Sisi Ma in the showpiece match.

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