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Paris Open 2012: Local and Spanish athletes stand out

Paris Open 2012: Local and Spanish athletes stand out

France and Spain collected two gold medals each to stand out as the only nations with more than one title at the Paris Open 2012, held at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium during last weekend. Anne Caroline Graffe in the Women’s -67 kg category and Mahama Cho in the Men’s +80 kg contest were the architects of the French success, while José Luis Méndez, gold medallist of the Male’s -58 kg division, and Daniel Quesada, winner of the Male’s -68 kg draw, were the main names of the Spanish squad. Brazil, Germany, Great Brtiain and Russia grabbed one title each to complete the final team standings.
More than 300 athletes took part in the senior draws, which were all decided throughout Saturday December 1st. The Female’s -49 kg contest was completely dominated by Brazil and Spain, who both placed two of their athletes in the semifinals. In the first round of 4 match, Larua Urriola from Spain beat the Brazilian Katia Arakaki by one single point (1-0) after a really close fight, while in the second battle, Iris Sing took the revenge for the South Americans after clearly defeating Laura Lorenzo 7-1. In the crucial fight, Sing gave no option to Urriola and lifted the title after a comfortable win (9-4).

Panoramic view of the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium during the Paris Open 2012


The Female’s -57 kg gold medal was taken by the Russian Daria Gorbacheva, who got rid of the Spaniard Andrea Rica in the battle for the title by 7-5. Anna-Lena Frömming from Germany and the Brazilian Rafaela Araujo completed the final podium of the category as the bronze medallists. The first gold for the French Team, who received a tremendous support by the spectators throughout the torunament, came after the Women’s -67 kg final, in which the local idol and first favourite of the contest Anne Caroline Graffe had to give her best to defeat the Swiss Nina Klaey by 6-5. The Polish Aleksandra Krzemieniecka and Julia Santos from Brazil were awarded with the bronzes.
In the fourth and last Women’s division, the +67 kg draw, the British Bianca Walkden, who was highly disappointed after missing the Olympics selection for London 2012, got over last summer’s blow to climb to the top of the podium. Walkden performed at her best to beat the Spanish Rosanna Simón 3-0 in the final, while the German Katharina Weiss and the Korean An Sae Bom had to content themselves with the bronze.

Anthony Obame, silver medallist of the +80 kg category at London 2012, and Juan Antonio Ramos, his coach


The first Spanish gold came after the Men’s -58 kg crucial fight, in which José Luis Méndez proved to be better than the Belgian Jaouad Achab, who had to give in to the power of the Spaniard (5-3). A compatriot of Méndez, José Ramírez, and the local Flavien Furet took the third step of the podium as the bronze medallists. The Male’s -68 kg contest was decided after another exciting final. The Spaniard Daniel Quesada handled the pressure of facing a local athlete in the final and was finally able to get rid of Raihau Chin, whom he defeated by 9-8. The companions of Quesada and Chin in the medal ceremony were the Portuguese Nuno Costa and the British Jordan Gayle.
In the Men’s -80 kg division, two members of the German Team had to fought against each other for the gold medal. Tahir Gülec ended up being the champion of the category after winning over his fellow countryman Cem Ünlüsoy by 11-4, leaving the bronze medals to the French Mickael Munier and the British Ruebyn Richards. The local crowd celebrated France’s second gold after the crucial combat of the Men’s +80 kg final, in which Mahama Cho took advantage of the great atmosphere at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium to comfortable defeat the Brazilian Gilherme Feliz by 11-6. France added two medals to their count in this category, as Omar el Yazidi and M’Bar N’Diaye could not make it to the final but both shared the third step of the podium.
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Pau Aguilar
Paris Open 2012 complete results:
Seniors Female A -49
1st SING, IRIS BRA
2nd LAURA, URRIOLA ATECA ESP
3rd ARAKAKI, KATIA LE BRÉSIL BRA
3rd LAURA, LORENZO AMOEDO ESP
Seniors Female A -57
1st GORBACHEVA, DARIA RUS
2nd ANDREA, RICA TABOADA ESP
3rd FRÖMMING, ANNA-LENA GER
3rd ARAUJO, RAFAELA BRA
Seniors Female A -67
1st GRAFFE, ANNE CAROLINE FRA
2nd KLAEY, NINA SUI
3rd KRZEMIENIECKA, ALEKSANDRA POL
3rd SANTOS, JULIA BRA
Seniors Female A +67
1st WALKDEN, BIANCA GBR
2nd ROSANNA, SIMON ALAMO ESP
3rd WEISS, KATHARINA GER
3rd AN, SAE BOM KOR
Seniors Male A -58
1st JOSE LUIS, MENDEZ JIMENEZ ESP
2nd ACHAB, JAOUAD BEL
3rd JOSE FRANCISCO, RAMIREZ ROLD ESP
3rd FURET, FLAVIEN FRA
Seniors Male A -68
1st DANIEL, QUESADA BARRERA ESP
2nd CHIN, RAIHAU FRA
3rd COSTA, NUNO LE PORTUGAL POR
3rd GAYLE, JORDAN GBR
Seniors Male A -80
1st GÜLEC, TAHIR GER
2nd ÜNLÜSOY, GER
3rd MUNIER, MICKAËL FRA
3rd RICHARDS, RUEBYN GBR
Seniors Male A +80
1st CHO, MAHAMA FRA
2nd FELIZ, GUILHERME BRA
3rd EL YAZIDI, OMAR FRA
3rd N’DIAYE, M’BAR FRA

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