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Judo: Abu Dhabi Grand Slam ends in style


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Judo: Abu Dhabi Grand Slam ends in style

European Championships silver medallist Guusje Steenhuis of the Netherlands enjoyed her fourth Grand Slam victory in the -78kg division on the third and final day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam.

Steenhuis produced a gritty display at the fourth and penultimate Grand Slam of the season and defeated junior European Championships winner Anna Maria Wagner in the final courtesy of a yuko score from an ouchi-gari.

Brazil’s Maria Suelen Altheman recovered back a disappointing Olympic Games to win her fourth grand Slam title in the +78kg category.

Altheman, who finished fifth at the London 2012 Olympics but lost her opening contest in Rio this summer beat Germany’s Carolin Weiss in the final.

She pinned her opponent down with an immobilization technique for 15 seconds to win with a wazari-awasette-ippon.

In the men’s competition Serbia’s Aleksandar Kukolj backed up his top seed status with victory in the -90kg weight class.

The 25-year-old beat Axel Clerget in the finale.

He opened up his account with a waza-ari but completed the gold medal mission when he trapped his French opponent on the floor for the required 15 seconds.

Abu Dhabi seems happy hunting ground for Daniel Natea of Romania.

After his 2014 success in the United Arab Emirates capital Natea struck a second career Grand Slam title at the same venue beating Aliaksandr Vakhaviak in the +100 kg final.

The win has continued Natea’s fine season in which he has also won the World Judo Masters title and the Grand Prix in Zagreb.

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