Sanne van Dijke took bronze in the class up to 70 kilograms at the World Judo Championships in Budapest on Thursday.

For the 25-year-old judoka it is her first place at a global final tournament.

In the battle for third place, Van Dijke, who became European champion in Lisbon in April, beat German Miriam Butkereit on ippon.

Earlier in the day, she had lost to Japan's Yoko Ono in the semifinals.

Van Dijke will represent the Netherlands next summer at the Olympic Games in the category up to 70 kilograms.

She had long competed with Kim Polling for the only Olympic ticket in her weight class, but was narrowly favored by the selection committee.

Sanne van Dijke started the World Cup well and defeated, among others, Megan Fletcher (in blue), but lost her semi-final.

Sanne van Dijke started the World Cup well and defeated, among others, Megan Fletcher (in blue), but lost her semi-final.

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Polling replacement beats world champion wereld

Polling tried to get a ticket for Tokyo through an objection procedure, but that was in vain.

The four-time European champion then decided to cancel the World Cup due to a lack of focus.

Hilde de Jager was able to replace Polling in the category up to 70 kilograms and started excellently by first eliminating the Kazakh Zere Bektaskyzy and then surprisingly the French world champion and title defender Marie-Ève ​​Gahié.

However, she lost to Croatian Barbara Matic in the battle for a semi-final place.

In the category up to 90 kilograms, Jesper Smink did not manage to get far.

After a win over Paolo Persoglia from San Marino in the first round, he had to acknowledge his superiority in the second round in the Israeli Li Kochman.

Noël van 't End, who became the first Dutchman since 2009 to become world judo champion in 2019, decided not to defend his title in the category up to 90 kilograms and to focus entirely on the Olympic Games.

The World Judo Championship will last until Sunday. Frank de Wit and Sanne Vermeer gave the Netherlands the first medals of the tournament on Wednesday by taking bronze.

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