Distria Krasniqi retains Masters crown for Kosovo

Kosovo judoka, Distria Krasniqi, has managed to win a gold medal for Kosovo in the -48kg World Judo Masters category, currently being held in Qingdao, China.

Defending champion Distria KRASNIQI (KOS) defeated world number 33 GANBAATAR Narantsetseg (MGL) to keep the -48kg Masters title in Kosovo. KRASNIQI launched the Mongolian outsider on the edge of the area after Masters debutant GANBAATAR was on the receiving end of a utsuri-goshi for a waza-ari score in the second minute of the golden score as Kosovo struck first in Qingdao.

In the first semi-final KRASNIQI defeated former world champion MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) by a waza-ari score to seal consecutive World Judo Masters final appearances.

In the second semi-final GANBAATAR downed world number nine Marusa STANGAR (SLO) in just 13 seconds by ippon.

The first bronze medal contest was won by world number eight Irina DOLGOVA (RUS) who extended her one-sided head-to-head record over STANGAR to 3-0 by ippon after 90 seconds with ashi-waza.

The second bronze medal was won by world number 10 Melanie CLEMENT (FRA) who surprised MUNKHBAT after 84 seconds of golden score by a waza-ari to earn her first World Judo Masters medal.