Malonga roars to more French gold at IJF Paris Grand Slam – Insidethegames.biz

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European champion Madeleine Malonga delighted the home French crowd with gold in Paris ©IJF

European champion Madeleine Malonga delighted the home French crowd with gold at the International Judo Federation (IJF) Paris Grand Slam.

The under-78 kilograms judoka won the prestigious event in her capital for the first time as she defeated Luise Malzahn of Germany in the final at the AccorHotels Arena.

Malonga added to the gold medal won by France’s three-time under-63kg world champion Clarisse Agbegnenou yesterday by first felling the German with a waza-ari from an o-soto-gari.

Malzahn then picked up her third penalty of the contest by leaving the combat area to gift the Frenchwoman the victory.

Fei Chen of China beat Britain’s Katie-Jemima Yeats-Brown for bronze, with Mami Umeki winning an all-Japanese clash with Ruika Sato to also win a medal.

France were denied more gold in the women’s under-70kg class as Japan’s Yoko Ono won her third Grand Slam title by beating the hosts’ Margaux Pinot, who collected three penalties.

Another Japan v France clash for bronze had the same result as Saki Niizoe beat Marie Eve-Gahie, while Portugal’s Barbara Timo saw off Assmaa Niang of Morocco. 

In the heavyweight women’s division there was a maiden Paris crown for Cuban icon Idalys Ortiz at over-78kg.

The former Olympic champion delivered a waza-ari to defeat Azerbaijan’s Iryna Kindzerska.

Akira Sone of Japan, the World Judo Masters winner, beat Anamari Velensek of Slovenia for bronze with South Korea’s Kim Minjeong also grabbing a medal after coming through against Yelyzaveta Kalanina of Ukraine.

South Korea won two gold medals across the men’s categories, including in the heavyweight over-100kg division.

South Korea's Sungmin Kim won the men's heavyweight class ©IJF
South Korea’s Sungmin Kim won the men’s heavyweight class ©IJF

Asian Games champion Sungmin Kim was too strong for Olympic silver medallist Hisayoshi Harasawa of Japan, beating him by ippon.

Japan’s Kokoro Kageura and Azerbaijan’s Ushangi Kokauri won bronzes, beating Henk Grol of The Netherlands and Israel’s Or Sasson respectively.

The Koreans also won at under-90kg as former world champion Donghan Gwak scored two waza-aris to beat Kazakhstan’s Islam Bosbayev.

Hungary’s Krisztian Toth beat Israel’s Li Kochman for bronze and there was a medal for Kenta Nagasawa of Japan thanks to his win over compatriot Shoichiro Mukai.

Germany’s Dominic Ressel won his first Grand Slam title by throwing Israel’s Sagi Muki for ippon and under-81kg gold.

Iranian world champion Saeid Mollaei had to settle for one of the two bronzes, seeing off Khasan Khalmurzaev of Russia, while Alan Khubetsov did manage a bronze for the Russians by beating Kazakhstan’s Ruslan Mussayev.

Georgia also celebrated a title on the second and final day as Olympic and world silver medallist Varlam Liparteliani won a third Paris title after hitting Aaron Wolf of Japan with a waza-ari.

Peter Paltchik of Israel won bronze by beating Croatia’s Zlatko Kumric as Guham Cho picked up a medal for South Korea by seeing off Russian Niiaz Bilalov.

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