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Judoka Ausma wins Dutch final and takes gold at Grand Slam in Tbilisi | NOW

Natascha Ausma won gold at the Grand Slam in Tbilisi, Georgia on Sunday. The Dutch judoka beat fellow countryman Karen Stevenson in the final of the category up to 78 kilograms.

Ausma was victorious when Stevenson had to tap after a strangulation. On the way to the final she had already dealt with the Hungarian Anett Meszaros, the Chinese Fei Chen, the Slovakian Patricija Brolih and the Russian Aleksandra Babintseva.

It is the first time that 24-year-old Ausma has conquered gold at a Grand Slam, after taking bronze at the Grand Slam in Hungary in October 2020. Ausma has won a Grand Prix before.

Due to the Dutch final in the category up to 78 kilograms, the Dutch team ends the Grand Slam in Tbilisi with three medals. Geke van den Berg took bronze in the weight class up to 63 kilograms on Saturday.

The Grand Slam in Tbilisi does not count as a measurement moment for the Olympic Games and so many Dutch top judokas did not travel to Georgia. They are preparing for the European Championship to be held in Lisbon from 16 to 18 April.

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The European Championship is the last Olympic measurement moment of the cycle that started in May 2018. The selection committee of the judo association then decides who can participate in the Games next summer. The Netherlands may only delegate one judoka per weight class.

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