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Lightweights kick-start Judo Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi

Lightweights kick-start Judo Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi
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The lightweight categories graced the tatamis on day one of the Judo Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi.

Urantsetseg Munkhbat underlined her status as World Number one by winning the -48kg title.

The Mongolian beat world number eight and double European champion, Eva Csernoviczki of Hungary.

The -52 kilo title fight was a rematch of the World Championships final in Chelyabinsk.

World number one and double World Champion, Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosova once again got the better of Romania’s Andreea Chitu – who won the last Judo Grand Prix in Tashkent.

23-year-old Kelmendi celebrated gold courtesy of an uchi-mata for a waza-ari half point.

Telma Monteiro reigned supreme in the women’s -57 kilo class.

The Portuguese judoka held off a spirited challenge from France’s Laetitia Blot.

Monteiro struck gold when she immobilised her opponent for ippon.

The first male final on day one opposed Amartuvshin Dashdavaa of Mongolia against Orkhan Safarov of Azerbaijan in the -60 kilo division.

After winning the Grand Prix in Tblisi earlier this year Safarov celebrated his second top level title thanks to a waza-ari half point – the second highest score after an ippon.

Dzmitry Shershan wasted little time in winning the -66 kilo title.

The Belarussian judoka needed just 45 second to dispatch Azerbaijan’s Tarlan Karimov.

Shershan won top spot on the podium with an immobilisation for ippon.