Dorjsuren stops Japanese domination!
In first two days of the 2017 Suzuki World Championships in Budapest, Japan won six medals and four were gold. Absolute domination of Japanese judokas in MEN's U60kg & U66kg together with WOMEN's U48kg & U52kg was stopped today in the final block of the WOMEN's U57kg division. Mongolian judoka Sumiya DORJSUREN won her first World title ever, while HASHIMOTO continued Japanese tradition from two previous days in U73kg category.
Category which numbered 73 athletes in U73kg category is not a typo mistake. The best among this 73judokas was Soichi HASHIMOTO who won the final match in golden score 2016 Rio silver medalist Rustam ORUJOV of Azerbaijan. Before ORUJOV, Japanese judoka had five more fights, including 2012 London Olympic Champion and 2016 Rio bronze medalist Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) and current European Champion "wunderkid" Hidayat HEYDAROV (AZE).
HASHIMOTO who continued the tradition from Riki NAKAYA and Shohei ONO said: "I’m really happy to become a world champion. I suffered a small injury in the preparation for the world championships that’s why I couldn’t train for the last couple of weeks. But during this time I was thinking about what I need to do to reach the gold in Budapest. As a world champion I know there’s going to be a lot of pressure on me in the future, but I want to enjoy that pressure."
FINAL RESULTS U73kg
Sumiya DORJSUREN (MGL) at the last Worlds finished with bronze medal, but today she wanted gold, especially as the President of the country is watching her. In the best fight of third day, applaused and recognized by the spectators, she met in final against Tsukasa YOSHIDA of Japan.
Lot of action from both sides, supported by crowd fight went to golden score. In total after 14minutes of fight, DORJSUREN finally scored a wazaari against Japanese and the Mongolian party could start in Budapest.
"It was a very long fight, I’m very happy to reach this gold in front of our new president. I communicated with my coach till the end, that’s why I could concentrate trough this long final." - DORJSUREN said.
Unfortunately, in bronze medal match, German Panamian Miryam ROPER suffered a neck injury against Nekoda SMYTE DAVIS. We wish Miryam quick recovery.
FINAL RESULTS U57kg
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