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Russia strike gold on day one of Judo Grand Prix


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Russia strike gold on day one of Judo Grand Prix

Russia proved to be the dominant nation on day one of the Judo Grand Prix in Qingdao, China.

Natalia Kuziutina claimed gold in the women’s -52 kilo category.

She gained sweet revenge for her first round defeat by Romy Tarungul in last year’s Olympic’s by beating the German in the final by ippon.

Earlier Alyesya Kuznetsova proved more than a match for her opponent as she handed Russia their first gold on the opening day.

Kuznetsova beat China’s Wu Shugen to win the -48 kg title.

Russia continued to strike gold throughout the day.

European champion Alim Gadanov reached the top of the Grand prix podium with victory over Davaadorj Turmurkhuleg of Mongolia in the men’s -66 kilo division.

Nineteen year old Choi In Hyuk of South Korea highlighted his potential by winning the men’s -60kg crown.

In what turned out to be one of the shock results of the day Choi defeated number one seed Ganbold Kherlen of Mongolia.

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