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The last final of the Grand Prix in Tashkent Germany’s super talent Theresa Stoll was able to capture the gold in the final against Nora Gjakova of Kosovo who recently won the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. Gjakova had beaten Stoll a few times before and was poised to make a hat-trick for Kosovo on the first day of competition in Uzbekistan.
After 50 seconds, both athletes were penalized with a first shido for avoiding to fight. But as the final was going on, and knowing that the power of team Kosovo is one of its strengths, it was clear that the German was not afraid of facing Gjakova. And she actually was able to throw Gjakova twice, first with a waza-ari on a counter-attack, then for ippon with a o-soto-gari almost at the end of the match.
The first bronze medal contest opposed Theresa’s twin sister Amelie Stoll (GER) and Anna Borowska (POL). After almost four minutes of a well-balanced contest, the victory went to the German as the Polish was penalized for the third time for keeping the grip too long on the same side. Not often both German sister won their last contest. This year in Tbilisi they succeeded with gold for Theresa and gold for Amelie. Last year in The Hague Theresa was in the final but lost gold… against Gjakova and it also happened both reached the final, never fun for their parents.
In the second bronze medal contest, Sanne Verhagen (NED) faced Kaja Kajzer (SLO). From the first hajime, the Dutch seemed to be under the pressure of Kajzer, but the latter couldn’t find an opportunity to score. This was done, as just before the last minute, the Slovenian countered Verhagen for a waza-ari. As she was controlling the rest of the match, she was penalized once, but not enough for Verhagen to come back and win bronze. This is the second medal of the day for Slovenia.
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