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Europeans takes clear sweep on day 4 in Budapest

By Richard Good  & Worldwide Judo Federation


France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou danced within the aisles on the World Judo Championships in Budapest – however her swap to focus was instantaneous.

Throws, armlocks and strangleholds took her to the -63kg ultimate towards Slovenia’s Andrea Leski.

Trademark Harai-makikomi from Agbegnenou

Leski had appeared on kind herself, with two huge ippons on her technique to her maiden World Championship ultimate – however Agbegnenou can be too sturdy: scoring waza-ari along with her trademark Harai-makikomi earlier than clamping on a vice like maintain to safe her fifth world title and a spot in judo historical past.

Sergey Solveychik, Vice President of the IJF and President of the European Judo Union, awarded the medals.

“This 12 months was actually onerous for me,” Agbegnenou mentioned afterwards. “I am joyful to be right here and have the 5 gold medals, and I’ve two right here in Budapest so I am actually proud”

Europeans took the bronze medals too, with Sanne Vermeer of the Netherlands and Serbia’s Anja Obradovic finishing the rostrum.

Europeans full clear sweep

Matthias Casse took silver within the -81kg class on the final World Championships in Tokyo, and the Belgian appeared decided to go one higher this time round as he blasted his manner by way of his preliminaries.

Tato Grigalashvili from Georgia was his explosive opponent within the ultimate and Casse needed to face up to a barrage of assaults earlier than turning the tables with an enormous utsuri-goshi for ippon and gold.

Morinari Watanabe, IOC member and President of the Worldwide Gymnastics Federation, introduced the medals

“I knew if I’d take the title, I’d be the primary”, mentioned Casse. “And it has been a aim for me for the reason that Tokyo world’s the place I misplaced out within the ultimate and it feels superb to win the gold right here, the final competitors earlier than the video games, and it is tremendous good.”

And Europe accomplished a clear sweep of the medals – with Frank Dewit taking one other bronze for the Netherlands and Anri Egutidze claiming the opposite for Portugal.

With ippon following ippon, day 4 offered one other show of unimaginable judo in Hungary, because the Europeans took again management.

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