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Ulaanbaatar Judo Grand Prix: Home judoka's dominate day one

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By Euronews
Ulaanbaatar Judo Grand Prix: Home judoka's dominate day one

<p>Five gold medals were up for grabs on day one of the Ulaanbaatar Judo Grand Prix in Mongolia.</p> <p>The home nation dominated proceedings at the penultimate Grand Prix before August’s World Championships.</p> <p>Amartuvshin Dashdavaa led a Mongolian clean sweep of the medals in the -60kg category beating World champion Boldbaatar Ganbat in the final.</p> <p>The home crowd were again celebrating a gold when World Judo Masters bronze medallist Tumurkhuleg Davaadorj finally topped the -66 kilo podium at his home Grand Prix.</p> <p>He defeated 17-year-old wonderkid Hifumi Abe of Japan.</p> <p>Three-time European bronze medallist Laetitia Payet celebrated success in the -48 kilo division.</p> <p>In the final the French Judoka defeated 18-year-old Asian Championships bronze medallist -Korean Yujeong Kang who was making her first appearance in a World Tour final. </p> <p>Day one didn’t all go in Mongolia’s favour Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Ai Shishime of Japan reigned supreme in the -52 kilo class beating Tsolmon Adiyasambuu. </p> <p>Shishime took top spot on the podium having squeezed the gold out of her opponent. </p> <p>The home crowd were back on their feet following the women’s -57kg final.</p> <p>Two-time World Judo Masters winner and the tournament’s poster girl Sumiya Dorjsuren celebrated her second straight <span class="caps">IJF</span> World Judo Tour victory when she beat Helene Receveux of France.</p>