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Heavyweight clashes on last day of Zagreb Judo GP 2015

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By Euronews
Heavyweight clashes on last day of Zagreb Judo GP 2015

Starting with the women’s under -78 kg final it was Anamari Velensek of Slovenia who won gold.

She added to her country’s medal haul by defeating Victoria Turks of Ukraine.

With 75 seconds gone, Turks was on the ground but left her arm exposed in the air and the standing Velensek – who lived up to her top seed status – caught it and sat back onto the tatami to lock on the juji-gatame and the Ukrainian immediately submitted.

Moving up to the +78 kg division and it was Turkey’s Belkis Zehra Kaya who topped the podium in the women’s heavyweight category.

The world number 40 was unstoppable as she won all four contests by ippon including the final against Tessie Savelkouls of the Netherlands with a harai-makikomi earning ippon.

Over to the men’s -90 kg event and it was Toth Krisztian of Hungary who claimed the top prize.

The fighter, who turned 21 on Friday, dispatched his German rival Aaron Hildebrand first with a waza-ari score then maintained his advantage for the remaining two minutes and lapped up a huge ovation from the travelling Hungarian fans.

Next was the men’s -100 kg event.

This clash saw Germany’s Olympic bronze medalist Dimitri Peters up against Michael Korrel of the Netherlands.

It was 21-year-old Korrel’s first Grand Prix final and very quickly the German put him under pressure.

The Dutch fighter gifted a golden chance to his renowned opponent as his inaction on the ground led to Peters seizing his arm and a juji-gatame settled it.

And last but certainly not least was the men’s over 100kg event.

Ukrainian youngster Iakiv KHAMMO celebrated his first Grand prix gold medal following this victory over Vladut SIMIONESCU of Romania

The Ukrainian sent his Romanian challenger off balance with ashi-waza and drove him backwards with pure strength for the maximum score having led by a waza-ari.