France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou held her nerve to edge out compatriot Anne-Laure Bellard in the final of the under 63 kilo class at the Judo Grand Slam in Paris on Saturday.
The world silver medallist was made to battle hard throughout the contest but eventually prevailed after her opponent received a shido for passivity with 90 seconds remaining.
In the under 48 kilo category, Japan’s Emi Yamagishi produced a superb display to outclass World champion Urantsetseg Munkhbat in the showpiece match.
The bronze medals were won by local favourite Amandine Buchard and Distria Krasniqi.
In the men’s event, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winner Mikhail Pulyaev downed Ukraine’s Georgii Zantaraia to take gold in the 66 kilo class, thanks to this clinical tai-otoshi.
After day one in Paris, Japan lead the medal table with two golds, one silver and three bronze medals. Hosts France are second with one gold medal, one silver and one bronze.
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