JudoInside – News – Margaux Pinot gives golden performance in Dushanbe

JudoInside – News – Margaux Pinot gives golden performance in Dushanbe

Frenchwoman Margaux Pinot is one of the most experienced judoka on the circuit. She is mixed team Olympic champion with France and winner of the Paris Grand Slam, among other accolades and we know her ability to transcend herself. She qualified for the final of the Grand Prix in Dushanbe against Polish athlete Katarzyna Sobierajska, who was not among the top favourites of the competition but with a string of victories, she qualified for the final, after defeating the number one seed, Kelly Peterson Pollard (GBR) in the semi-finals.

Margaux Pinot did not take long to tell her opponent that she was the boss on the tatami, scoring a first waza-ari within a few seconds and then controlling the rest of the contest without problem.

Loriana Kuka (KOS) is part of this young generation of the Kosovar school which is rising. Today, opposed by Katie-Jemima Yeats-Brown (GBR), she had the chance to reach a WJT podium. Katie-Jemima Yeats-Brown being unable to compete, the bronze medal went to Loriana Kuka.

Serafina Moscalu (ROU) showed great judo and great commitment during the first part of the competition. Up against Kelly Petersen Pollard (GBR), she had the opportunity to end her day in style. Petersen Pollard received a first shido for breaking the grip without keeping at least one hand on her opponent's judogi, which is not allowed.

After receiving a second shido, Petersen Pollard didn't make any more mistakes, to reach the golden score together with Moscalu, putting the latter in a favourable position. But golden scores being golden scores means everything can happen. Kelly Petersen Pollard eventually converted the try with a left seoi-nage for waza-ari to win her third bronze medal at grand prix level.

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