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Britain's Powell wins first judo Grand Prix title


Britain's Powell wins first judo Grand Prix title


British Judoka Natalie Powell proved unstoppable en route to winning her first Grand Prix gold medal.

The Commonwealth Games champion beat Germany’s Luise Malzahn to win the under 78 kilo title on day three of the Judo Grand Prix Astana.

Although Malzahn missed out on the win the German contingent were celebrating gold later in the day when Franziska Konitz won the over 78 kilo title.

Konitz struck gold when she beat Iryna Kindzerska of Ukraine in quick fashion by pinning her opponent down for ippon after just 77 seconds of the fight.

Komronshoh Ustopiriyon handed Tajikistan its first ever Grand Prix gold medal when he won the men’s under 90 kilo title fight in his first appearance in a showpiece bout.

The 21-year-old bested little-known home talent Asset Akhmetzhanov.

The home crowd in Astana had something to cheer about later on when former world champion Maxim Rakov won his seventh career IJF title.

Rakov got the better of Olympic bronze medallist Dimitri Peters of Germany by vitue of fewer shido penalties.

The heavyweight boys closed the doors on the Astana leg of the tour.

Barna Bor won the over 100 kilo category.

The Hungarian beat former Asian Championships silver medallist Iurii Krakovetskii of Kyrgyzstan.

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