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Judo Grand Prix Astana day one


Judo Grand Prix Astana day one


Five medals were up for grabs on day one of the Judo Grand Prix, Astana.

Mongolia’s Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh celebrated victory in the women’s under 48 kilo division.

She beat Miami Grand Prix silver medallist Nathalia Brigida of Brazil to claim her first title at this level.

Joana Ramos won the under 52kg gold medal.

The Portuguese judoka won her country’s first ever medal at an International Judo Federation event by beating 22-year-old Christianne Legentil of Mauritius – a wrist lock sealed the gold.

Hedvig Karakas of Hungary reigned supreme in the under 57 kilo class.

She beat Sabrina Filzmoser of Austria in the category’s showpiece match.

The 24-year-old held her opponent down for waza-ari half point which proved to be the difference in the otherwise scoreless contest.

Asian Games champion Yeldos Smetov thrilled his home support as he won the men’s under 60 kilo title.

The Kazakh fighter won his country’s first gold medal of the competition by defeating former world silver medallist Amartuvshin Dasdavaa of Mongolia.

He held his opponent down for 15 seconds to win by with two waza-ari half points which make an ippon.

Junior world champion Yuuki Hashiguchi won his first IJF senior gold medal when he took gold in the under 66 kilo class.

The 20-year-old beat home judoka Zhansay Smagulov.

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