PARIS, Feb 11 (IESports) Six nations shared seven gold medals on offer in the second day of the 2019 International Judo Federation (IJF) Paris Grand Slam here on Sunday.
Chen Fei won the only medal for China with her women’s -78kg bronze. She lost the semifinal against German judoka Luise Malzahn after accumulating three penalties for disqualification.
Then Chen regrouped herself before winning the repechage against Katie-Jemima Yeats-Brown of Britain through six and a half minutes of added time to pocket the bronze.
“Generally speaking, I’m satisfied with my performance in other matches, but the semifinal loss still has left a little pity for me,” Chen told Xinhua.
“I can learn a lot from the loss. Many things remain to be corrected in future trainings,” she added.
Frenchwoman Madeleine Malonga defeated Malzahn in the final.
Other Chinese judokas failed on their attempts to win medals. The 2017 winner Cheng Xunzhao was eliminated in men’s -90kg first round by local favorite Alexis Mathieu. The category’s glory went to South Korean Gwak Dong-han. His compatriot Kim Sung-min added another in men’s +100kg.
Japanese judokas built on their momentum of bagging four golds in opening day as Yoko Ono triumphed in women’s -70kg. Japan won five of 14 gold medals in total in the French capital this year.
Also on Sunday, Germany’s Dominic Ressel won the men’s -81kg, Varlam Liparteliani of Georgia tasted men’s -100kg gold, and women’s +78kg title went to Idalys Oritz of Cuba.
The two-day 2019 IJF Paris Grand Slam has attracted 570 competitors from 97 countries and regions. The next stop of IJF Grand Slams will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany from Feb. 22-24.