Tbilisi Grand Prix: Day One

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Tbilisi Grand Prix: Day One

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Former Moscow Grand Slam runner-up Nataliya Kondratyeva produced a stunning performance to take gold in the -48kg category at the Tbilisi Judo Grand Prix in Georgia on Friday.

The 27 year-old downed Kristina Vrsic in the semis and carried her momentum into the showpiece match with a convincing win over Warsaw European Open winner Maryna Cherniak.

In the -57kg class, Russia’s Irina Zabludina outclassed Jovana Rogic to take the honours. Both judokas were penalised with a shido for passivity after 25 seconds before Zabludina stepped it up a gear, eventually sealing the win with a well-taken juji-gatame.

In the men’s event, former world bronze medallist Nijat Shikhalizada of Azerbaijan kept his composure to beat Ukraine’s Georgii Zantaraia in the final.

The bronze medals were won by Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Batgerel Battsetseg and Alim Gadanov.