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World bronze medallist Kenta Nagasawa Kenta of Japan defeated Serbian former world champion Nemanja Majdov to strike U90kg gold in Hohhot. Japan’s number two in the category had the measure of Serbia’s standout with a uchi-mata on the edge of the contest area providing a waza-ari score which settled the final after four minutes.
In the first semi-final three-time Grand Prix silver medallist Giorgi Papunashvili (GEO) fell to Nagasawa after 28 seconds of golden score by a waza-ari score while in the second semi-final Majdov progressed after Marrakech Grand Prix silver medallist Eduard Trippel (GER) was dismissed for receiving three shidos.
The first bronze medal was won by world silver medallist Ivan Felipe Silva Morales (CUB) against Trippel in golden score with a o-soto-makikomi to open up the final block.
The second bronze medal went to Papunashvili who marginally outperformed world number 46 Ciril Grossklaus (SUI) to win by a waza-ari score.
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