Judo Grand Prix, Rijeka: day two

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Judo Grand Prix, Rijeka: day two

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Laura Vargas Koch continued Germany’s fine performance on the second day of competition at the Judo Grand Prix in Rijeka, Croatia by claiming the under 70 kilo gold.

The silver medallist from last month’s world championships in Rio was pushed all the way by Fanny Estelle Posvite of France before finding a way to pin her opponent to the tatami to win with a yuko.

Unlike day one it didn’t go all Germany’s way as Beijing Olympic bronze medallist and reigning European champion Lucija Polavder of Slovenia dominated Jasmin Kuelbs to win gold in the over 78 kilo class.

Polavder needed just 58 seconds to dispatch the German judoka with a stunning ippon seoi-nage that was worthy of winning any judo world tour event.

Former European u23 Championship silver medallist Szabolcs Krizsan was a class above the rest as he struck gold in the -81kg division.

The Hungarian overcame a strong challenge from Tallinn European Open silver medallist Carlos Luz of Portugal in the second minute.

Szablocs marked his return from injury in style winning by ippon.

Also on day two Anamari Velensek of Slovenia won gold in the women’s -78kg final, Swiss Domenik Wenzinger reigned supreme in the -90kg category. Karl-Richard Frey added to Germany’s rich vein of form winning the -100kg gold while Marko Radulovic of Montenegro won the men’s over 100 kilo heavyweight final.