Idalis Saves Our Honour

World and Olympic Champion Idalis Ortiz Wins Bronze in Kazakhstan 

By: José Luis López

Email: joseluis@juventudrebelde.cu

2015-08-31 | 14:21:41 EST
This became the third bronze medal for Idalis in the Worlds, before had won them in Rotterdam and Tokyo 2010- 2009, to which are added the crowns in Rio de Janeiro 2013 and Chelyabinsk2014.This became the third bronze medal for Idalis in the Worlds, before had won them in Rotterdam and Tokyo 2010- 2009, to which are added the crowns in Rio de Janeiro 2013 and Chelyabinsk2014. Photo: ZimbioZoom
When collecting Judoguis, as the ghost of frustration haunted the tatami, the holder of World and Olympic titles Idalis Ortiz (+78) arrived on Saturday to save the Cuban honour, with her bronze medal at the World Judo Championships hosted by Astana, Kazakhstan.

On the closing day of the individual tournament, the official site of the event showed that Idalis successfully debuted with an ippon against the Mongolian Jauzmaa Odkhou and then won by yuko against Turkish Kayra Sayit. But in her third fight in dispute for the leadership of pool C, she fell by Shido (penalty) against the experienced Japanese Negumi Tachimoto four times bronze medallist of the world, now ending with the silver.

Then, the Japanese swept Idalis to the playoffs, where she produced two consecutive ippons. The first was received by the seasoned German Franziska Konitz, while in the discussion of bronze, her victim was the Chinese Ma Sisi. The title of this weight was won by China's Yu Song.

This became the third bronze medal for Idalis in the Worlds, before had won them in Rotterdam and Tokyo 2010- 2009, to which are added the crowns in Rio de Janeiro 2013 and Chelyabinsk2014.

On Saturday, the Cuban Alex Garcia (+100) debuted with ippon to beat the Ukrainian Oleksandr Gordhenko and then defeated the Georgian Levani Matiashvili Shido. But in his third bout he failed to resist the thrust of the German Andre Breitbarth, who won by ippon. Gold fell to Frenchman Teddy Riner untouchable.

Meanwhile, the world runner up Jose Armenteros (100) fell in his first bout by yuko against the Mongolian Tuvshinbayar Naidan, in the division in which the host Ryunosuke Haga won the sceptre.

With this bronze Ortiz, Cuba ended in 20th place in the individual tournament, led by Japan (6-4-5), followed by France (2-2-2), South Korea (2-0-3), Kazakhstan (1-1-0), Slovenia (1-1-0), China (1-0-0)  and Argentina (1-0-0). Today the tournament will continues in teams.

Translated by ESTI

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