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.

-81kg
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!

-63kg
Alice Schlesinger (GBR) has done her new country a honor by winning the gold. Not really a big surprise but a bit unexpected.

-70kg
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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