Jeju Grand Prix: Galbadrakh strikes maiden gold

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Jeju Grand Prix: Galbadrakh strikes maiden gold

Judo’s final Grand Prix of the season got underway on Thursday in Jeju South Korea.

Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh won her first tile for Kazakhstan as she defeated Olympic bronze medallist Eva Csernoviczki to claim the the -48kg title.

After bronze medals in Tashkent and Qingdao, Galbadrakh continued her fine form against her Hungarian rival to strike gold.

World silver medallist Andreea Chitu of Romania reigned supreme in -52kg category.

In the final Chitu downed former Junior World Championships bronze medallist Mako Uchio of Japan courtesy of a stunning foot technique with 94 seconds left.

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam champion Jan-Di Kim thrilled her home support by winning a third IJF event in the space of two months.

KIM was handed a tough assignment in the final of the -57 kilo class when she came up against the ever-improving Nekoda Smythe Davis of Great Britain.

A yuko score proved enough to settle the order at the top of the podium with the home judoka taking the shiniest of medals.

The partisan crowd were sent into wild jubilation later in the day when World number one Won Jin Kim defeated 2014 world champion Boldbaatar Ganbat of Mongolia in the men’s -60kg final.

In another closely fought combat Kim took the title courtesy of fewer shido penalties to leave 2014 world champion Ganbat hunting a first gold medal of the year.

World silver medallist Mikhail Pulyaev got Russia off the mark at the final Grand Prix of 2015.

The seaosned campaigner defeated 21-year-old Tour debutant Taroh Fujisaka of Japan with a yuko score to claim the -66kg crown.