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Cherniak celebrates maiden Grand Prix gold in Tbilisi


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Cherniak celebrates maiden Grand Prix gold in Tbilisi

The second IJF Grand Prix of the season began on Friday.

Day one of three of the Tbilisi Grand Prix saw five gold medals up for grabs.

World number nine Maryna Cherniak of Ukraine won her first Grand Prix gold medal by beating Spain’s Julia Figueroa to win the Women’s -48kg title.

World number 13 Jaana Sundberg returned to the World Judo Tour in style winning the -52 kilo category.

After an injury hit 2014 the hard-working Finn struck gold beating Belgian judoka Ilse Heylen in the final.

Former World Judo Masters winner Sumiya Dorjsuren topped the -57kg medal podium by seeing off the challenge of former world bronze medallist Vlora Bedeti of Slovenia.

Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Sharafuddin Lutfillaev reigned supreme in the -60kg class.

He put an end to the surprising run of world number 43 Tobias Englmaier of Germany with an ippon.

World number three Tumurkhuleg Davaadorj of Mongolia completed the gold medal haul for day one when he dispatched world number 198 Baruch Shmailov of Israel in the -66kg final.

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