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What an amazing day for the Italian team. Never in the Italian history two world titles were captured in one day, let alone, three world titles in one event. At the third day of the World Championships in Nassau (BAH) Alice Bellandi and Christian Parlati claimed the Junior world title.

Alice Bellandi defeated Japanese Ryo Shimmori in the final for women U70kg. It was the second Japanese she caught, in her first contest she overcame Nanami Asahi. The German promise Alina Boehm was defeated and in the semi final Brazilian Ellen Santana was sent to the bronze medal contest. Candice Lebreton of France won that bronze medal bout. In the second bronze contest two Dutch women fought for bronze. Margit de Voogd caught Donja Vos in the dying seconds of the fight.

Another speactular win for Italy as Christiaan Parlati won gold for men U81kg. Last year in Zagreb Parlati took bronze, but the Italian kept developing this year and was one of the favourites in advance in this tough category with 34 men. He defeated Hiromasa Kasahara (JPN) with a powerful throw in the final. Alexandre Arencibia won bronze for Canada and Luka Masuradze who lost in the quarter final against Parlati, took the second bronze.

Last year’s runner-up Sanne Vermeer this time stood on the highest stage of the podium after her U63kg final against Laerke Olsen of Denmark. Vermeer scored her second wazari in the match and kept stable the whole tournament in a field of 32 women. Vermeer is the ninth Junior World Champion ever in the Dutch history. Laerke Olsen is the first woman to medal for her country at any World Championship, also a fine performance. In the quarter final Vermeer bested Anja Obradovic who came back in the repechage and won bronze for her country Serbia. Olsen won against Asumi Ura in the quarters and both losers won their last two contest in the repechage and won bronze.

The gold for men U90kg went to Georgia as Lasha Bekauri took the last medal of the day. Gold for Georgia in this class where they have a reputation with Zurab Zviadauri, Varlam Liparteliani and Beka Gviniashvili as previous winners of the Junior world title. Bekauri defeated Sanshiro Murao of Japan in the final. Japan won two medals, also Kosuke Mashiyama won bronze and Mert Sismanlar of Turkey confirmed the excellent performances of the junior generation this year.

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