Judo Grand Prix Almaty

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The second and final day of the inaugural Judo Grand Prix in Almaty Kazakhstan provided a roller coaster ride of emotions for the home nation.

Despite the strong support home hope Albina Amangeldiyeva lost out in the final of the under 78 kilo division to Anastasiya Dmitrieva.

The Russian ended the bout with an ippon for gold.

But disappointment turned to celebrations for the hosts when Gulzhan Issanova beat Maryna Slutskaya of Belarus to win the over 78 kilo category.

The Kazakh judoka claimed gold with a waza-ari – the half point being the only thing that separated the pair after five minutes of action.

The first final of the day saw teenager and former Junior European champion Khasan Khalmurzaev of Russia win the under 81 kilo gold.

He beat World Military Championship bronze medallist Aliaksandr Stsiashenka of Belarus with an o-soto gari to win by ippon.

Last but by no means least Aliaksandr Vakhaviak of Belarus celebrated gold in the men’s over 100 kilo category.

The Sindelfingen European Cup winner beat London 2012 Olympian Yerzhan Shynkeyev of Kazakhstan with an unstoppable ippon after three minutes.