At the final of the Grand Prix of Antalya Russia gained two golds, one in the men’s under 100 kilo category, and the other in the women’s under 78 kilo category.
In the men’s Russian Adlan Bisultanov beat former World Champion Maxim Rakov who was penalised with a shido for passivity after the first minute.
Then halfway to the end with a superb tai-otoshi, Bisultanov scored a first waza-ari.
Both athletes entered the last minute with one more shido for escaping each others’ grip.
And a few seconds before the end, Bisultanov received a second penalty, but not enough to alter his path to victory.
Russian Anastasiya Dmitrieva went up against Israeli Yarden Mayershon in the women’s under 78 kilo category.
The Israeli has had no wins at all in World Judo Tour events – unlike her opponent who has an impressive eight medals in Grand Prix and Grand Slams.
After 47 seconds, both were penalised for passivity. Then the first powerful attack came from the Russian after two minutes when she launched a o-uchi-gari transformed into a uchi-mata but for no score.
Feeling the pressure, Mayershon had to attack, but the lack of control, offered a perfect situation for a counter attack, which Dmitrieva perfectly used for a ura-nage for waza-ari.
The Russian, again took the lead after an o-uchi-gari for a second waza-ari, immediately followed with an immobilisation for ippon.
In the men’s under 90 kilo category
Gantulga Altanbagana of Mongolia took on Komronshokh Ustopiriyon of Tajikistan and took the gold.
No score or penalty was awarded until the last seconds of the four minute final.
But with only two seconds remaining, Gantulga suddenly dropped under the centre of gravity of Ustopiriyon, with a kata-guruma for a waza-ari.
Turkey’s Kayra Sayit sent the home crowd wild with a gold in the heavyweight women’s over 78 kilo category.
In the final she faced Bosnian Larisa Ceric, a bronze medallist at the 2016 World Masters in Guadalajara.
Sayit scored a first waza-ari with a sasae-tsuri-komi-ashi and then controlled the fight to the end despite being awarded penalties.