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Judo World Championships: Kondo and Ganbat celebrate opening day wins


Judo World Championships: Kondo and Ganbat celebrate opening day wins


Two gold medals were up for grabs on day one of the World Judo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia on Monday.

First up was the women’s under 48 kilo title fight which pitted Japanese judoka Ami Kondo against Argentina’s Paula Pareto.

In a tightly-fought contest neither judoka could deal the ultimate blow.

19-year-old Kondo eventually sealed the gold and her biggest win of her career after received fewer penalties than her opponent.

The home crowd had an interest in the men’s under 60 kilo title fight when their European champion Beslan Mudranov took on Mongolian Boldbaatar Ganbat.

The celebrations of a Russian gold however were put on ice for another day when in another tight fight Ganbat won courtesy of fewer shido penalties.

Ganbat becomes his country’s first world champion.

The first bronze medal was won by Amiran Papinashvili of Georgia who defeated former European Championships bronze medallist Artiom Arshanski of Israel.

The second bronze medal was won by Naohisa Takato.

The Japanese judoka defeated surprise package Aibek Imashev of Kazakhstan.

Takato ended his run in style throwing his opponent to the tatami for ippon.

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