<p>There was action aplenty on day two of the Tashkent Judo Grand Prix 2017.</p> <h3>Woman of the day</h3> Our woman of the day Gulnoza Matniyazova of Uzbekistan. The defending champion retained her crown in emphatic fashion, gaining a submission from her Danish opponent by way of a strangulation technique. The home crowd had their gold and they celebrated with their champion as the Uzbek national anthem rang out around the stadium. A proud moment for Matniyazova and Uzbekistan! <p>A delighted Matniyazova said: “First of all, I’m very thankful for the first place finish. I have worked very hard, and trained a lot. I want to thank my coaches for teaching me my techniques, and pushing me in training. They are the reason I am here today.”</p> <h3>Man of the day</h3> Our man of the day was Israel’s Sagi Muki, he took on Mongolia’s Dagvasuren Nyamsuren in the final. After two minutes into golden score – sudden death, Muki struck with a huge hip throw to score waza ari and end the contest! <p>Muki celebrated a first win on the <span class="caps">IJF</span> World Tour since moving up a weight category to under 81kg!<br /> A perfect end to a gruelling contest, and well appreciated by a judo loving home crowd.</p> <p>“The last fight was really long and the golden score too. We both were tired but I’m happy I could attack in the right moment and throw the opponent. He was strong and tough, everybody is strong in this category. Now I need to built myself. I’m happy everything was connected today for me. I feel good.”</p> <p>Austria’s Kathrin Unterwurzacher took on Hannah Martin of the <span class="caps">USA</span> in the -63kg final. After taking her opponent to the ground, Unterwurzacher secured a pin and secured the win, giving the world No3 her second grand prix victory of 2017. Unterwurzacher back on top after a disappointing world championships.</p> <p>Uzbekistan’s Giyosjon Boboev faced Zhansay Smagulov of Kazakhstan in the -73kg final, but the home fans would be disappointed after an innovative combination attack by the Kazak scored a sensational ippon and gave Smagulov his first win on the <span class="caps">IJF</span> World Judo Tour for over two years!</p> <h3>Move of the day</h3> We finish with our move of the day, a perfectly executed Uchi Mata from Azerbaijan’s Fagan Guluzada. A beautiful example of a classic Judo technique.