Noël van 't End reached the final on Wednesday on the final day of the Masters in Doha.

Henk Grol, Guusje Steenhuis, Marhinde Verkerk and Simeon Catharina still have a chance to win a bronze medal.

Reigning world champion Van 't End (-90 kilograms), who did not have to come into action in the first round, was too strong for the Pole Piotr Kuczera in the second round and settled for a place in the semi-finals in the final phase with Altanbagana Gantulga from Mongolia.

The 29-year-old Houtenaar then won on ippon against two-time European champion Mikhail Igolnikov from Russia.

In the final Van 't End awaits a showdown with the Georgian Beka Gviniashvil.

In August 2019, Van 't End wrote history by being the first Dutchman since 2009 to conquer the world title.

At his last two performances - Grand Slam in Hungary and European Championship in Prague - he failed to finish on the podium.

Grol on for bronze, competitor Meyer quickly eliminated

In the heavyweight, Grol is going for bronze.

The Groninger dealt successively with the Hungarian Richard Sipocz, Aliaksandr Vakhaviak from Belarus and the South Korean Minjong Kim, but for a place in the final battle he lost to the Russian Inal Tasoev.

Roy Meyer, Grol's competitor in the battle for the Olympic ticket in the heavyweight, was already eliminated in the first round by reigning Olympic champion and eight-time world champion Teddy Riner.

Jur Spijkers lost in the second round to the Brazilian David Moura.

The Dutch judo association recently designated the Masters as one of the three measurement moments for the distribution of the Olympic tickets, which makes it important to perform well in Doha.

The other two tournaments are the Grand Slam in Tel Aviv (February 19-21) and the European Championship (April 16-18).

Henk Grol did better than his competitor Roy Meyer.

Henk Grol did better than his competitor Roy Meyer.

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Competitors Verkerk and Steenhuis compete against each other

In the category up to 78 kilograms, the battle for the Olympic ticket is between Steenhuis and Marhinde Verkerk.

Steenhuis lost her semi-final to the Japanese Shori Hamada and is fighting against Verkerk for the bronze.

The Rotterdamse ended up in the rematches due to a defeat in the third round.

In the category up to 100 kilograms, the Netherlands also went well for a long time, because Simeon Catharina joined the last four.

The Dutchman won his first three matches, but lost in the semifinals to Azerbaijan Zelym Kotsoiev.

Catharina meets the Russian Arman Adamian in the battle for the bronze.

The Masters started on Monday and last until Wednesday.

The Netherlands took silver twice on the first two match days (Kim Polling and Frank de Wit) and bronze twice (Tornike Tsjakadoea and Sanne Vermeer).