At the World Cup of Budapest, the women’s lightest three weight categories were on today’s schedule. Japan dominated again in all weight categories. In the women’s U48kg class Haruna Asami (JPN) (pictured) took the gold medal. In fact she barely doesn’t know how to loose. She won the World Cups of Sofia and Vienna last year, the Grand prix of Tunis, World title for students, Suwon masters and today the year circle is round with her win in Budapest. She defeated world junior Champion Sara Menezes (BRA).
Chiho Kagaya (JPN) won the gold U52kg against 17-year old talent Tugba Zehir from Turkey who took her first World Cup medal in her career. A good start for Turkey this year with her promising and booming group of young women.
Her colleague Kudret Egilmez of Turkey finished 7th today in the U57kg class.
Joana Ramos (POR) and Kitty Bravik, who’s half Hungarian, finished third today. Ramos defeated Hungarian favourite Barbara Maros.
The real Hungarian favourite is Hedvig Karakas, but she didn’t start today U57kg. It was Aiko Sato (JPN) who won this category and took the third title for Japan. In the final she easily beat Joliane Melancon of Canada who had the Olympic spirit and won her second world cup medal in her career.
Nae Udaka (JPN) and Andrea Chitu (ROM took the bronze medals.