Judoka Vant End finalist in Doha, Grol does good business against Meyer

The closing day of the Doha Masters could be a successful one for the Dutch judging team. No less than five Dutch will take action this afternoon during a game for a medal.

Noรซl vant End is in the final, while Henk Grol, Guusje Steenhuis, Marhinde Verkerk and Simeon Catharina still have a chance to win bronze.

The road to the final in the class up to 90 kilograms was not easy for Vant End. Twice he needed an extension. This is also the case in the semi-final against the European champion Mikhail Igolnikov from Russia.

In the final battle, Vant End hits Georgian Beka Gviniashvili. For Jesper Smink it was ready in the same class after his first game. He lost to the German Eduard Trippel.

Grol does good business

Henk Grol got rid of his opponents in the class above 100 kilograms in the first three rounds, but in the semi-finals he was quickly thrown on his back by the Russian Iral Tasuev.

Grol still has a chance to win bronze. This afternoon, he will have to deal with Tamerlan Bashaev, also from Russia.

With his performance, Grol is doing excellent business in his quest for his fourth Olympic participation. The tournament in Qatar is considered one of the three measuring moments for the award of the Olympic tickets.

And for Roy Meyer, who is fighting with Grol for a place in the Olympic team, the tournament was soon over. The heavyweight wouldnt have hit it with the draw. Already in the first round, he came across Judo legend Teddy Riner. The Frenchman was too strong with ippon.

In the heavyweights class Jur Spijkers did not go further than the second round. He lost to Brazilian David Moura.

In the class up to 78 kilograms there will be a bronze medal for a Dutch one. Guusje Steenhuis and Marhinde Verkerk are opposite each other.

Steenhuis was not up to the Japanese Shori Hamada in the semifinals, after she had had to go very deep a round before. Steenhuis only finished the Cuban Kaliema Antomarchi after a more than five minutes extension.

Verkerk reached the battle for the bronze through the re-match. Karen Stevenson didnt go anywhere near the medals. She lost in the first round of Korean Jeongyun Lee.

Catherine impresses

Simeon Catharina will also be in action this afternoon during the final block. In the class up to 100 kilograms he stands in the struggle for bronze against Arman Adamian from Russia.

On the

way, Catherine impressed with victories over Niyaz Ilyasov (Russia) and Jorge Fonseca (Portugal), the finalists of the World Cup in 2019, but in the semi-finals Zelim Kocoev was just too strong in the extension.

Michael Korrel was eliminated in this class in the second round by Mukhammadkarim Khurramov from Uzbekistan.