We sometimes say that a Frenchwoman can hide another in the +78kg category. This was unfortunately not the case for Stessie Bastareaud today, who lost in the first round. However, we can also say it for Japan and in this case the Land of the Rising Sun placed its athlete, Yuri Takahashi, in the final, after a clear winning attitude in the first part of the competition.
Final, Ruri Takahashi (JPN) vs Asya Tavano (ITA)

Karen Stevenson (NED) long thought she could join Takahashi in the final but she finally had to bow out to the Italian Asya Tavano, who arrived from her seventh place in Doha a week ago.

It's a well known fact that Japanese judoka and especially women are almost unbeatable on the ground. For sure Asya Tavano knew it but it did not change the outcome of the contest. After a first contact and a left tai-otoshi from Takahashi for no score, the Japanese judoka kept control of the arm to pin Tavano for ippon. With this gold medal, Japan secured their place on top of the medal rankings.

Gold medallist, Ruri Takahashi (JPN)

Renee Lucht (GER) and Karen Stevenson (NED) met in the first match for a bronze medal. Totally dominated, Lucht was penalised twice, while Stevenson also scored a waza-ari with a rolling kata-guruma. The contest then became a little more tactical, the bronze eventually going to the Netherlands for Stevenson's 11th medal on the World Judo Tour.

Bronze medal contest, Giovanna Santos (BRA) vs Larisa Ceric (BIH)
Bronze medal contest, Renee Lucht (GER) vs Karen Stevenson (NED)

Giovanna Santos (BRA) and Larisa Ceric (BIH) battled for the second bronze medal. Santos took the lead with a clever change of direction from right to left and scored a waza-ari with a sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi, but Ceric is an experienced judoka who knows that everything is always possible. She began to attack systematically before her opponent could engage, pushing Santos to be penalised twice for passivity. She was close to getting the third shido, but suddenly the gong echoed in the TipsArena offering a first medal on the World Judo Tour to Giovanna Santos. Brazil is already preparing their next women's heavyweight generation.

Medals, cheques and gifts were presented by Mr Giuseppe MADDALONI, Refereeing Supervisor of the International Judo Federation & Olympic Champion, and Mr David PUEHRINGER, Vice President of the Upper Austria Judo Federation

Final (+78 kg)

Bronze Medal Fights (+78 kg)

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