PARIS, France – 2016 World silver medalist Alli Ragan (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) will get another chance to win a World title, after qualifying for the finals at 60 kg/132 lbs. at the World Championships on Thursday morning.
Ragan, the top seed, needed a big move late in her semifinal match against 2014 World bronze medalist Anastasija Grigorjeva of Latvia to advance. Trailing 3-2 in the second period after stepping out of bounds, Ragan came right back with a wicked headlock and pinned Grigorjeva in 4:43.
She will battle 2016 Olympic gold medalist Risako Kawai of Japan in the gold-medal finals. Kawai won her Olympic title at 63 kg/138.75 lbs., but has dropped down in weight this season.
Ragan is competing in her fifth World Championships, winning her silver medal in December 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. Continue reading at www.teamusa.org