Judoka Noël van 't End won gold on Wednesday at the Masters in Doha in the category up to 90 kilograms.

The reigning world champion settled in the final with the Georgian Beka Gviniashvili.

Henk Grol and Guusje Steenhuis conquered bronze in the Qatari capital.

After just under two minutes, Van 't End placed a waza-ari, after which he took the match against Gviniashvili in the final phase with an arm clamp.

In the first rounds, Van 't End had already dealt with Piotr Kuczera from Poland, Altanbagana Gantulga from Mongolia and the Russian Mikhail Igolnikov.

It is the first time that Van 't End takes gold at the Masters, where he only finished on the podium once before.

De Houtenaar won bronze in the prestigious tournament in Morocco in 2015.

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 - the Grand Slam in Hungary and the European Championship in Prague - he failed to finish on the podium.

Noël van 't End became world champion in August 2019.

Noël van 't End became world champion in August 2019.

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Steenhuis takes bronze by beating competitor Verkerk

Grol won bronze in the category from 100 kilograms.

The 35-year-old Veendammer, who was eliminated in the semi-finals by Inal Tasoev, was too strong for the Russian Tamerlan Bashaev in the golden score after more than four minutes.

With his bronze medal, Grol did good business in the battle for qualification for the Olympic Games.

His main competitor for the only Olympic ticket in heavyweight, Roy Meyer, was already eliminated in the first round by judo legend Teddy Riner.

The Dutch judo association designated the Masters as one of the three measurement moments for the distribution of the Olympic tickets, making 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 in Lisbon (April 16-18).

In that respect, Guusje Steenhuis also did good business by taking bronze in the category up to 78 kilograms.

She beat her fellow countryman and direct competitor Verkerk with a waza-ari after a golden score of almost five minutes.

Gold for Noël van 't End and Bronze for Guusje Steenhuis in Qatar !!!

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The Netherlands finishes Masters with seven medals

Simeon Catharina failed to capture bronze in the category up to 100 kilograms.

The 22-year-old Dutchman ended up in a hold against the Russian Arman Adamian in the last minute and lost.

Michael Korrel, on paper the best Dutchman in that weight class, already stranded in the second round.

The World Masters started on Monday and lasted until Wednesday.

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

With the medals of Van 't End (gold), Steenhuis and Grol (both bronze), the Netherlands ends the prestigious tournament in Doha on seven medals.

That is two more than last year, although three gold medals were collected at the time.