Monday, August 25, 2014

Women's -48kg

Pool A
Top favorite Urantsetseg Munkhbat of Mongolia had to rely on penalties to get past her first opponent Xie Shishi of China.  

    Kondo surprises with a harai-makikomi

Then she came unstuck when she went against Japan's newcomer Ami Kondo, who had earlier beaten Ebru Sahin of Turkey with a kouchi-makikomi takedown for yuko and a hold down for ippon. Kondo upset Munkhbat with a very low harai-makikomi for yuko, which was enough to win her the match. Munkhbat went after Kondo with numerous attempts at sankaku but to no avail. Time ran out on her.

    The plucky newcomer attacks with newaza

In her quarterfinal match, the plucky Kondo took the fight to Russia's groundwork specialist Alesya Kuznetsova and pinned the Russian for ippon.

Pool B
There was no upset in this pool as Cuba's Maria Celia Laborde handily threw Aizaada Zhanalieva of Kyrgyzstan with drop seoi-nage for waza-ari. But in the end she got ippon when Zhanalieva was given hansoku-make after she accumulated four shidos.

Laborde threw Kim Sol Mi of North Korea with a drop sode that is so commonly used by the Cuban female players. It scored only yuko but it was enough to win her the match. She had a much tougher fight against Hungary's Eva Csernoviczki, whom she narrowly beat through penalties. 

Pool C
France's Amandine Buchard create the second upset of the day by defeating top favorite, Sarah Menenzes of Brazil, by a small yuko from a drop sode attack. She went on to defeat Abigail Chindele of Zambia with two side takedowns, each scoring a waza-ari for a waza-ari-awasatte-ippon. She also defeated Maryna Cherniak of Ukraine with a side takedown that scored waza-ari, to emerge top of her pool.

Pool D
Another mini-upset happened when Argentina's 12th-ranked Paula Pareto upset Guinea-Bissau's 4th-ranked Taciana Lima with a drop sode for a waza-ari win. Pareto went on to defeat Poland's Ewa Konieczny by decision and Cuba's Mestre Alvarez Dayaris by a yuko score from drop seoi-nage, to top her pool.

Semifinal 1
Kondo score an upset, defeating Laborde with a harai-goshi for waza-ari and a hold down for waza-ari-awasatte-ippon.

Semifinal 2
Pareto wins with a morote-seoi-nage for yuko against France's Buchard, who could not get the score back.

Bronze 1
Buchard scrapes through and wins the first bronze medal with a very low uchimata against her Russian opponent, Kuznetsova, which scored yuko.

Bronze 2
The second bronze medal match was all-Cuban affair. Laborde prevailed over Dayaris with a seoi-nage throw for yuko and an immediate hold-down for ippon.

Newcomer Kondo wins the gold through penalties (two shidos against Pareto). Kondo attacked regularly with harai-goshi and was relentless in groundwork. Although she failed to get any scores, her work rate made her opponent seemed relatively passive. It is a great result for the young Kondo who is only 19 years of age.

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