Two strong women's heavyweight nations qualified for the day's final. On one side we had the Japanese, Wakaba Tomita, junior world champion in 2015 and twice a senior world medallist, in 2021 in Hungary and in 2022 here in Tashkent.
Final, Wakaba Tomita (JPN) vs Shiyan Xu (CHN)

Beyond her brilliant results, the image we remember of Tomita is that of her teammate Sarah Asahina, carrying her on her back, after the 2021 world final, in what is considered one of the finest gestures of fair play in recent years. Yet today, the Japanese champion was not physically diminished and she made her way through the elimination phase without incident.

Final, Wakaba Tomita (JPN) vs Shiyan Xu (CHN)

On the other side, we had the Chinese athlete Shiyan Xu, who spent barely more than 4 minutes in all on the tatami during the first rounds.

Gold medallist, Wakaba Tomita (JPN)

Tomita was straight into the attack and kept the pace throughout normal time, pushing Xu to be penalised twice. In golden score, after a little less than a minute, the Chinese judoka was penalised for the third time. Gold was for Tomita, the third gold medal in a grand slam for the Japanese judoka.

In the first match for a bronze medal, Hilal Ozturk (TUR) was opposed by Sophio Somkhishvili (GEO). After Somkhishvili was penalised twice already, Hilal Ozturk was clearly aiming for the third shido to be given to her opponent and she got it. With one minute left, Somkhishvili was penalised a third time for passivity and the bronze medal was for Hilal Ozturk.

Bronze medal contest, Hilal Ozturk (TUR) vs Sophio Somkhishvili (GEO)
Bronze medal contest Kamila Berlikash (KAZ) vs Xin Su (CHN)

China had one more medal chance thanks to Xin Su, opposed by Kazakh Kamila Berlikash. Su didn't give any chance to her opponent, scoring a big, well-intended waza-ari from a left hip movement, concluded with an immobilisation for ippon.

Medals, cheques and flowers were presented by Mr Skander HACHICHA, Sport Director of the International Judo Federation and President of the Judo Federation of Tunisia and Mr Aziz SOBIROV, General Secretary of the Uzbekistan Judo Federation

Final (+78 kg)

Bronze Medal Fights (+78 kg)

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