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Kosovo and Kazakhstan a golden Grand Prix in Antalya


Kosovo and Kazakhstan a golden Grand Prix in Antalya

Welcome to Antalya,Turkey and day one of the Judo Grand Prix.

She’s there again Kazakhstan’s Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh in the final of the women’s -48kg class.

The world number one took on the Israeli Shira Rishony.

Both women picked up penalties, Shira Rishony two.

It was late in the bout and with time running out Galbadrakh pulled off a lightening quick waza-ari for victory.

In the under 52s and another Israeli Gili Cohen made the final, to meet Distria Krasniqi from Kosovo.

It was the Kosovan that made all the running nailing a waza-ari in less than a minute.

Krasniqi appeared not to be in any danger and went on to win the final with two Waza-ari.

In the -57k class Kosovo had another representative in the final this time Nora Gjakova, she took on another Israeli Timna Nelson Levy.

Both women were punished with penalties, before Gjakova scored a waza-ari with her hip to win the Grand Prix.

An excellent opening day for the Kosovan women judoka.

Over to the men and the -60k final and hosts Turkey made the tatami in the form of Bekir Ozlu winner of the Grand Slam in Samsun, last year.

His opponent Gusman Kyrgyzbayev from Kazakhstan.

The Kazak blanked out the vociferous crowd and caused Ozlu a lot of problems.

As the gong sounded the score was level, seconds later Kyrgyzbayev pounced for waza-ari and victory.

More Kazakhstan.
action on the tatami in the men’s -66 category Bektur Rysmambetov against the experienced Russian Abdula Abulzhalilov.

The Kazak was penalised for passivity and then Abdulzhalilov scored a waza-ari, which he defended to win the contest.

Kosovo and Kazakhstan delighted with two golds each and Russia with one.

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