Rishod Sobirov enjoyed the first day of competition at the Judo Grand Slam in Paris. The World Number One had a quick fix victory in the 60 kilo class.
The Uzebekistan judoka’s opponent, Korea’s Won Jin Kim, launched a powerful early attack, which was immediately countered by Sobirov, who scored one of the most impressive ippon of the day.
In the women’s 52 kilo class there was confirmation of Yuka Nashida’s position as the women’s World’s Number One. The Japanese judoka was up against Bundmaa Munkhbaatar of Mongolia. Neither competitor seemed able to create efficient scoring chances during the bout until eventually Nashida scored for a ippon to confirm her world top spot.
It was gold for Portugal and Telma Monteiro in the womens 57 kilo class in her fight against Aiko Sato of Japan. Sato had beaten last year’s title holder in the semi final but just couldn’t break the resistance of Monteiro, who within just seven seconds had her opponent on her back for ippon and the title.