Schlesinger takes gold in Dusseldorf

Schlesinger takes gold in Dusseldorf
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Britain’s Alice Schlesinger held her nerve to beat Munkhzaya Tsedevsuren in the final of the under 63 kilo category at the Judo Grand Prix in Dusseldorf on Saturday.

The 26-year-old, who won bronze at the 2009 World Championships in Rotterdam, dominated her opponent from the outset and sealed the win with a superb ippon.

Miku Tashiro and Martyna Trajdos of Germany took bronze while
Chizuru Arai reigned supreme in the under 70 kilo category.

The Japanese sensation outclassed Turkey’s Sukran Bakacak in the semi-finals and carried her momentum into the showpiece match with a hard-fought win over Szaundra Diedrich thanks to a a late yuko.

In the men’s event, Japan’s Shohei Ono overcame a nervous start to down Nugzari Tatalashvili in the under 73 kilo final.

The former world champion conceded an early shido before stepping it up a gear with two consecutive waza-aris to secure the win.

In the under 81 kilo class, Belgium’s Joachim Bottieau edged out Avtandili Tchrikishvili of Georgia in the final after scoring less penalties than his opponent.

The bronze medals were won by local hope Sven Maresch and Loic Pietri of France.

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