Former world champion Verkerk to the semi-finals in world cup judo

Former world champion Verkerk to the semi-finals in world cup judo

Marhinde Verkerk has Friday at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in judo in Budapest, placed for the semi-finals. Kim Polling, Sanne van Dijke and Guusje Steenhuis were disabled in Hungary.

The 31-year-old Verkerk was in the class up to 78 kilograms in the quarter-finals too strong for Assunta Galeone. The Rotterdam counted in the extension with the Italian

Verkerk began its world cup with a victory on ippon on Albina Amangeldiyeva of Kazakhstan. In the second round was the world champion of 2009, who last year struggled with injuries, after extension to strong for the Polish Beata Pacut by a waza-ari to score.

In the semi-final battle Verkerk against the Japanese Mami Umeki.

Steenhuis, who earlier this year, the silver medal at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS, and lost in the same class in her first game of Galeone. The Dutch got into the renewal with a second penalty, making the fighting was over.


Polling won in the class up to 70 kilograms her first party at the ippon of the Chinese Zi Yan, but in the third round went the triple European champion itself full on her back against Yuri Alvear from Colombia, which in 2009, 2013 and 2014 world CHAMPIONSHIPS-gold medal.

The 26-year-old Groningen judode her first tournament since the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro last year. Polling, which is still waiting for its first world title, it was after the Play had surgery on her elbow and her knee.

“So I hear not to lose”, responded to Polling after her defeat. “Of course, I knew after such a long time is not what I myself could expect. I don’t know if it is a lack of wedstrijdritme is or that I’m just not good enough today, but in this way lose is unnecessary. It is stupid, very stupid. As acidic.”

Van Dijke

Van Dijke saved not in the same class as Polling. The 22-year-old Brabant, who in april gold picked up in its european CHAMPIONSHIP debut, was in the grip taken by the British Sally Conway, making her tournament was already over.

“Of course, it is not a shame for her to lose, but it was also not necessary,” said Van Dijke on Conway, who last year at the Olympics, the bronze conquered.

“I felt physically and mentally so strong and have so to this world cup toegeleefd. During the warm-up I thought that I was ready to get a medal to pick up today. But yes, the draw is not included and is it a short day.”

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