Day one of the inaugural Judo Grand Prix of Tashkent in Uzbekistan featured five weight classes.
In the -48kg class for women Kazakstan’s Alexandra Podryadova took on Israel’s Shira Rishony, a bout that remained scoreless with only penalty points separating the judoka, in the end it was Rishony that came out victorious.
In the -52kg category the Belgian IIse Heylen got her name into the record books with victory over another Israeli, Gili Cohen. Heylen has now won 44 medals in international competition the most ever won by a Belgian athlete.
The men’s -60kg class got the home fans on their feet with the Uzbek Sharafuddin Lutfillaev taking on Ukraine’s Hevorh Hevorhyan, both men newcomers to this level of competition. Lutfillaev brought the house down and his opponent with an o-uchi-gari for ippon.
The Uzbek’s were celebrating again in the -66kg category. This time Mirzahid Farmonov took the plaudits by beating Mongolia’s Batgerel Battsetseg. Farmonov was awarded the best male athlete of the day to send the home fans home happy.