The Baku Grand Slam in Judo has kicked off with the world champion Munkhbat Urantsetseg from Mongolia taking gold in the under 48 kg class. She saw off Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Amelie Rosseneu. from Israel.
Munkhbat, who was after her first gold medal since winning the world crown in Rio, took the lead with a yuko. She forced her opponent to submit after 47 seconds.
Former world silver medallist Annabelle Euranie from France upstaged fellow countrywoman and Olympic bronze medallist Priscilla Gneto in the under 52 kg class.
Euranie who sustained a black eye during a ne-waza exchange in the preliminaries was too strong for her 22-year-old opponent who was making her long-anticipated return from injury.
In the men’s category Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Colin Oates from Great Britain defeated former European Championship silver medallist Kamal Khan-Magomedov to win in the under 66 kg class.
The Edinburgh-based Briton made a slow start with two shido penalties but he soon took the lead with a yuko from sumi-gaeshi on the edge of the tatami.
He secured his victory by adding a waza-ari from osaekomi.
World Championship bronze medallist Orkhan Safarov from Azerbaijan beat Samsun Grand Prix bronze medallist Vugar Shirinli in the under 60 kg final.