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What was extra shocking, the gold for Distria Krasniqi or the primary lack of Daria Bilodid to a Japanese opponent? Distria Krasniqi of Kosovo deserves the credit for her golden efficiency on the IJF Masters in Doha. It was her third Masters Gold medal. If she will be able to win the Masters, she is likely to be the Olympic Champion U48kg inside 200 days.
Within the last, we might legitimately anticipate to see her face the double world champion, Daria Bilodid (UKR), who made her comeback within the light-weight class after a take a look at in U52kg throughout Grand Slam Hungary final October. But it was Tonaki Funa (JPN), world champion in 2017, who gained with a waza-ari in opposition to Bilodid, whose attain and the final determined assaults on the finish of the match didn’t enable her to attain.
Arriving in Doha with the world primary bib, Kosovan judoka Distria Krasniqi, already a winner of the Masters in 2019, had extra stress on her shoulders. Nonetheless, this didn’t forestall her from reaching the ultimate after a flawless run in opposition to Marusa Stangar (SLO), Catarina Costa (POR) and Melanie Clement (FRA), profitable two of her confrontations by ippon. Within the last, in lower than a minute, Krasniqi had taken the measure of her opponent and had scored a primary waza-ari with uchi-mata. Nicely put in, with a powerful proper hand on the again, the Kosovan mastered her topic completely and fewer than a minute later she scored a second waza-ari with a ko-soto-gake, permitting her to win her third gold medal on the Masters.
Very disillusioned not to have the ability to take part within the last, Daria Bilodid entered the competition for the bronze medal wherein she was against Catarina Costa (POR). Completely concentrated, Bilodid gave her opponent no probability and in beneath 60 seconds, throughout a sequence on the bottom, immobilised her along with her favourite method, sankaku-jime. Coming to Doha to win gold, the Ukrainian leaves with bronze, a small comfort for the one who desires of solely first place.
Within the different match for bronze, Urantsetseg Munkhbat (MGL), the primary feminine world champion in Mongolian sporting historical past, again in 2013, was against Melanie Clement (FRA), third within the Masters in China in 2019. The Frenchwoman stepped onto the tatami, figuring out full nicely that she needed to be vigilant on the bottom, given the Mongolian mastery of the train. For a lot of the match, Clement appeared to have the ability to dodge Munkhbat’s ne-waza, however as the top of standard time approached, the Mongolian lastly utilized an unstoppable arm lock, to attain ippon and win her third medal at a World Judo Masters.