Matthias Casse

Matthias Casse became the first Belgian man to ever win a gold medal at the World Judo Championships Wednesday in Budapest, Hungary. Casse had to go into "golden score" time, judo's version of sudden death overtime, against Georgian Tato Grigalashvili after a scoreless regulation period in the 81 kg finals. But when Grigalashvili moved in to attack, Casse countered him with a changing hip throw lifting his opponent off the ground and taking him over for the point and the championship.

On the women's side France's Clarisse Agbegnenou cruised to a fifth world title with an outstanding mix of standing throws and groundwork. In the 63 kg finals she moved from an attempted leg reap into a version of an arm wraparound throw to take down Slovenia's Andreja Leski and then control her on the mat for a hold down to secure the win.

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