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Yeldos Smetov strikes gold at the Budapest Judo Grand Prix.


Yeldos Smetov strikes gold at the Budapest Judo Grand Prix.

Yeldos Smetov of Kazakhstan took gold by an ippon in the men’s under-60kg category when he beat his compatriot Aibek Ishmev at the Budapest Judo Grand Prix.

In the under-66kg Zhansay Smagulov held off Sebastian Seidl of Germany.

While Miklos Ungvari of Hungary beat
Slovakia’s Rok Draksic in the under-73kg section.

Ungvari said: If somebody (like me) competes at home, the audience wins almost the one-third of the match, so we should add just the rest with my coach.

In the Womens under-48 kg final Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Paula Pareto of Argentina dispatched 19-year-old Funa Tonaki of Japan to win gold.

Former world bronze medallist Mareen Kraeh defeated her German compatriot Maria Ertl in the under-52kg category.

While Asian Championships silver medallist Chen-Ling Lien of Taiwan saw off Germany’s Viola Waechter to win her country’s first International Judo Federation gold medal in the under-57kg.

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