Judo: Final day of Grand Slam Baku

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Judo: Final day of Grand Slam Baku

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Former world champion Maxim Rakov of Kazakhstan upset the odds and the home crowd on the third and final day of the Judo Grand Slam in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Rakov defeated reigning world champion and the host nation’s leading judoka Elkhan Mammadov in the -100 kilo category.

In a lacklustre performance from both men Rakov struck gold when his opponent received his fourth penalty for passivity.

Faicel Jaballah of Tunisia was crowned the grand slam heavyweight champion when he beat Junior world champion Anton Krivobokov of Russia in the over 100 kilo division.

The World bronze medallist medallist received a penalty for going out of the area after 50 seconds but regrouped quickly to threw his opponent for ippon and victory.

Paris Grand Slam runner-up Madeleine Malonga was in fine fettle in Azerbaijan and went all the way in the under 78 kilo class.

In the weight division’s final, the 20-year-old French judoka beat Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Assunta Galeone of Italy.

Malonga prevailed by earning a half point courtesy of a small outside hook.