Cyrille Maret of France lived up to his credentials as pre-tournament favourite by winning the -100 kilo gold on the third and final day of the Judo Grand Prix in Samsun Turkey.
The world number four, who reigned supreme at his home Paris Grand Slam in February, beat Adlan Bisultanov of Russia thanks to two yuko scores – the last of which was a sweeping wraparound move that sent both men crashing to the tatami.
The final of the -90 kilo category was short but explosive.
Just 18 seconds into the bout Beka Gviniashvili struck gold when he took down Germany’s Marc Odenthal with a large hip throw for ippon.
It was quite the victory for the Georgian who at world number 90 is 75 places below his rival judoka.
African Champion Nihel Cheikh Rouhou of Tunisia celebrated victory in the women’s over 78 kilo class.
Germany’s Jasmin Kuelbs controlled the early exchanges before Rouhou launched a rolling attack for yuko followed by an immobilisation from where her opponent could not escape.
There was disappointment for Britain’s Natalie Powell who, due to injury, had to withdraw from the -78kg final leaving Luise Malzahn of Germany unopposed and celebrating gold.
The next World Tour competition is the Judo Grand Slam, Baku starting May 9.