Heavyweights bring curtain down on Judo Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi

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Heavyweights bring curtain down on Judo Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi

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The heavyweights went toe-to-toe on Sunday on the final day of the Judo Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi.

One of five golds on the day went to Krisztian Toth of Hungary who celebrated his maiden Grand Slam title when he beat Dutch judoka Noel Van ‘t End by virtue of fewer penalties in the -90 kilo class.

The -100kg title fight was an all-german affair as Olympic bronze medallist Dimitri Peters locked horns with Karl-Richard Frey.

In a very tight fight between two athletes that know each other very well Peters eventually prevailed thanks to a tremendous combination move for ippon.

The Romanian contingent were guaranteed to strike gold in the over 100 kilo division when teammates Daniel Natea and Vladut Simionescu battled it out in the final.

After a long period of observation, Natea finally made his move and immobilized his compatriot for ippon.

Luise Malzhan enjoyed her third top level title this year when she beat Victoria Turks of Ukraine to win the women’s -78 kilo title.

After winning this year’s Samsun Grand Prix and Dusseldorf Grand Prix the World number five from Germany produced a series of attacks that eventually led to an immobilization for ippon.

Yu Song of China was on top of +78 kilo podium after comfortably beating Germany’s Franziska Konitz.

Yu gave her opponent no chance and won the title courtesy of a large outer reap maneouver for ippon.

The next IJF World Tour event is in Yu’s hometown Qingdao, China, starting November 19.