Hannah Martin Scores a Bronze At Prestigious Grand Prix Abu Dhabi
Team USA’s Hannah Martin went 3-1 at the elite Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Friday to take a bronze medal, the latest in a string of victories that have put Martin on the podium at major elite tournaments.
Martin, 63 kg. (Jason Morris Judo/NYAC, Glenville, NY), threw Kyrgyzstan’s Meerim Momunova for ippon in her first round. She then edged China’s Wen Zhang to advance to the semi-finals. Martin lost her next match but then regrouped for repechage, defeating Mongolia’s Mungunchimeg Baldorj, ranked 13 in the world, to claim the bronze medal with a wazaari and a yuko.
“This was a terrific way to finish up her season,” said Jason Morris, her stateside coach and an Olympic silver medalist. “She has had a remarkable two-year run, rising from 110 all the way to number 8, showing that persistence in her training regimen has paid off.”
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