Munkhbat retains title on day one of Judo Grand Prix, Ulaanbaatar

Munkhbat retains title on day one of Judo Grand Prix, Ulaanbaatar
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The opening day of the Judo Grand Prix in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar saw five medals up for grabs.

Urantsetseg Munkhbat thrilled the home crowd when she defended her title in the under 48 kilo division.

The Mongolian star beat world number 26 Bo Kyeong Jeong of South Korea by ippon with just 15 seconds of the fight remaining.

China’s Yingnan Ma celebrated gold in the under 52 kilo class when she defeated world number four and top seed Mareen Kraeh of Germany.

Ma sealed the win with 12 seconds left after forcing her German rival to submit and hand over the gold.

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard highlighted her up and coming status when she won the under 57 kilo gold.

The 20-year-old Canadian defeated Japan’s Makiko Otomo who fell behind on a half point score and was then penalised with a shido for stepping out of the area.

The Mongolian crowd were left disappointed in the under 66 kilo title fight when top seed and home favourite Tumurkhuleg Davaadorj lost to Japan’s Tomofumi Takajo.

Takajo sealed the win with 20 seconds left courtesy of a shoulder throw.

The home support did manage to celebrate a second gold on the day though when World number four Boldbaatar Ganbat won the under 60 kilo title.

Ganbat defeated Havana Grand Prix runner-up Eric Takabatake from Brazil with a small inner reap called a ko-uchi-gari.

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