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French World number one Amandine Buchard Nordmeyer lived up to her ranking with victory in the U52kg category. The French star conquered Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Ana Perez Box (ESP) to clinch her fifth Grand Prix gold medal and to extend her advantage at the top of the weight category.
Perez Box, who was bidding for a second Grand Prix triumph, was powerless to resist a dynamic modified kata-guruma from Buchard Nordmeyer which resulted in ippon.
In the first semi-final Buchard Nordmeyer beat Primo by the maximum score to reach the final without breaking sweat. In the second semi-final former Düsseldorf Grand Slam bronze medallist Estrella Lopez Sheriff lost out to teammate Perez Box by ippon.
The first bronze medal was awarded to Estrella Lopez Sheriff who saw off Rio 2016 Olympian Taciana Cesar (GBS) by ippon from a sasae-tsurikomi-ashi as Spain won 50% of the U52kg medals.
The second bronze medal was won by Primo who floored Glasgow European Open silver medallist Nathalie Rouviere (GER) with an o-soto-gari to win by the maximum score.
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