Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dusseldorf Day 2 - Surprises & Upsets

-73kgNo major upsets or surprises although I expected Sagi Muki (ISR) and Rok Draksic (SLO) to have topped their pools. Ono was back on form.

The big surprise is Joachim Bottieau (BEL) who not only defeated Loic Pietri (FRA) in the semi-final but also Advantili Tchrikishvili (GEO) in the final. He had fought Tchrikishvili six times before this and each time, he was defeated. He's done well on the seventh try!

Alice Schlesinger (GBR) has done her new country a honor by winning the gold. Not really a big surprise but a bit unexpected.

Szaundra Diedrich (GER) making it to the final instead of Laura Vargas Koch (GER) was an upset. Japan's newcomer Arai Chizuru winning this category was a bit of a surprise.

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