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For many years, Japan has had a strong tradition in the +78kg category and World Champion Asahina Sarah (JPN) was definitely the main favorite in Montreal. No one could oppose her during the playoffs of the competition. In the final she was opposed to Raz Hershko (ISR).
The difference in size and ranking were clearly to the advantage of the Japanese, who rapidly scored a first waza-ari, almost immediately followed with a ippon with a te-waza technique.
The first bronze medal contest opposed the second Japanese and three time Grand Slam winner, Inamori Nami (JPN), and Croatian Ivana Sutalo, who’s best results was a gold medal at the 2017 Cancun Grand Prix. In pure Japanese style, it took one minute and twenty seconds for Inamori Nami to score ippon with a ashy-waza technique to win her third medal in a Grand Prix.
The second bronze medal contest opposed four time continental medallist, Nina Cutro-Kelly (USA) and Pan-American bronze medallist, Melissa Mojica (PUR). After one minute and twenty seconds, Mojica scored the first waza-ari with a kochi-waza technique. It is not the few penalties that were distributed after, that changed the final result and Melissa Mojica won her third medal in a Grand Prix.
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