Sometimes no other choice than the top level athlete winning the category happens. The competition is still very exciting to watch because that athlete is so dominant that you just want to see what is going to happen. This was the case with Ai Tsunoda Roustant today in Guayaquil. She was the best and she remains the best. After an incredible sode-tsuri-komi-goshi that scored a waza-ari, she concluded on the floor for ippon. Bravo champion!
It is with pleasure that we found in the first match for a bronze medal, the Cuban Idelannis Gomez Feria, from Pan America, thus demonstrating that a new generation of athletes is in training; standing against Sarah Mehlau (GER). It took more than 11 minutes for Gomez Feria to eventually put the last drop of energy she had, after a never ending golden score, into a last desperate throwing attempt to win the bronze medal.
The second German competitor in the category, Samira Bock, also had her chance to get on the podium, against Katarzyna Sobierajska (POL), bronze medallist last year in Sardinia. If the first bronze medal contest was long, very long, the second one was way shorter, as Samira Bock threw her opponent with a powerful makikomi for ippon after a little more than 1 minute.