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Toma takes 81kg division for hosts UAE

Toma provides the UAE with second gold medal fr the host nation to finish second behind Russia in the IJF Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

ABU DHABI // Sergiu Toma gave the UAE their second gold medal in the International Judo Federation Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday.

He edged Sven Maresch of Germany to win the 81kg weight division in the second day of the competition at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre yesterday. Victor Scvortov won the first gold in the 73kg for the host nation on Friday. The UAE had seven entries in the men’s and a sole representative, Jaleela Al Nuaimi, in the women’s division in the two-day competition.

Russia topped the men’s medal tally with three golds, followed by the UAE (2) while Walter Facente of Italy and the German Dimitri Peters took the remaining two in the seven male weight divisions.

Facente got the better of Noel van End of the Netherlands in the 90kg with 17 seconds left in the five-minute contest and Peters had to go the full distance to emerge the winner on points over Martin Pacek of Sweden in the 100kg class.

Aslan Kambiev gave Russia their third gold, defeating Roy Meyer of the Netherlands in under two minutes in the over-100kg.

Beslan Mudranov and Mikhail Pulyaev had given the Russians the first two gold medals on Friday.

France and Germany added gold medals to take their tallies to two each in the seven weight divisions for women.

Audrey Tcheumeo of France got the better of Natalie Powell of Britain in under a minute to take the 78kg final.

Franziska Konitz did even better, taking the over-78kg final in nine seconds from Sonia Asselah of Algeria and Kim Polling of the Netherlands won the 70kg final in under a minute from Jennifer Pitzanti of Italy.

The two-day event was the fifth to take place in the UAE capital and drew 236 participants from 35 countries.


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