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Heavyweight great Idalys Ortiz of Cuba defeated Kodokan Cup winner Akiba Maya (JPN) to win the women’s +78kg title in Hohhot. World number one Ortiz, who is bidding for her fourth consecutive Olympic medal at Tokyo 2020 next year, had too much experience for Grand Prix debutant Akiba who was disqualified after being penalised three times for passivity.
In the first semi-final Ortiz defeated Antalya Grand Prix bronze medallist Jasmin Kuelbs (GER) by a waza-ari score while Akiba bested Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Julia Tolofua (FRA) after a hansoku-make.
The first bronze medal was awarded to former Asian Open silver medallist Xu Shiyan (CHN) who had the edge on Tolofua and triumphed by a waza-ari score which was the only score of the contest.
The second bronze medal was won by Kuelbs who brought Cancun Grand Prix bronze medallist Kseniia Chibisova (RUS) down onto her back with a ko-soto-gake for ippon.
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