Germany’s Alina Boehm was stunned in the girl’s under 70 kilogram competition at the International Judo Federation (IJF) Cadet World Championships as the top seed fell to defeat to Croatia’s Karla Prodan in the gold medal match in Sarajevo.
Boehm entered the Championships in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina with the ambition of adding to her European cadet title but faced an opponent in fine form as Prodan had come into the event following a bronze medal at the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Minsk.
Prodan had been impressive in her opening three bouts of the tournament as she earned victories via ippons and was able to carry on that run by earning a match winning ippon after 71 seconds of the final.
Montenegro’s Jovanna Pekovic prevailed in the opening bronze medal bout in the division as she defeated Japan’s Suzuka Takaku to win her country’s first medal of the Championships.
Russia’s Madina Taimazova, meanwhile, scored with a yuko and waza-ari to defeat the United States’ Nefeli Papadakis to earn her place on the podium.
Japan’s Akira Sone enjoyed similar domination to Prodan in the girl’s over 70kg category, earning five straight victories with ippons to seal the title, her final victory coming against Hungary's Fanni Toth.
Germany were to be left empty handed in the division as Ina Bauernfeind and Maxime Brausewetter fell to defeats to Brazil’s Beatriz Souza and Russia’s Evgeniia Kondrashova in their respective bronze medal bouts.
The first boy’s heavyweight contest proved to be a far closer contest than the two girl’s finals, as The Netherlands’ Simeon Catharina and Azerbaijan’s Zelym Kotsoiev were only separated by one score at the end of their final.
The Dutchman prevailed with his yuko proving the difference between the two as he sealed his country's second gold medal of the Championships.
EYOF champion Onise Sanblidze was able to claim the first bronze in the division, the Georgian delivering a stunning ippon against Japan’s Keisuke Iwaki, while Belarus’ Anton Sachlyovich defeated Russia’s Adam Khadzhi on shido penalties.
Russia were guaranteed success in the final individual competition at the Championships as their judokas Kemal Kaitov and Inal Tasoev progressed to the gold medal bout in the boy’s over 90kg division.
It was a short-lived encounter as the top seed Kaitov won with an ippon in the opening minute.
Austria’s Stephan Hegyi and Tajikistan’s Khurshed Madzhidov won the bronze medals with victories over Lithuanian pair Aleks Molodeckij and Ignas Mecajus.
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