The judo world is in the French capital for the Grand Slam of Paris 2016.
euronews correspondent Pedro Lasuen guides us through the thrills ‘n’ spills of the opening day: “If Tokyo means tradition then Paris is prestige, injuries aside the world’s best judoka are here and highly motivated performing in front of 15,000 spectators a day for a purse of €100,000.
There are 500 points on offer for the winners and the chance to stake a serious claim for gold ahead of the Rio Olympics.”
Agbegnenou thrills the home crowd
Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh of Kazakhstan won the women’s -48kg category title by beating Mongolia’s Urantsetseg Munkhbat, the lightest class produced a real heavyweight contest.
In the women’s -52kg category Kosovo’s Majlinda Kelmendi defeated Romania’s Andreea Chitu by ippon after a flashing 39 seconds of combat.
The -57kg final saw South Korea’s prolific Jan-DI Kim take on the 2015 Moroccan Masters winner Mongolia’s Sumiya Dorjsuren with Kim coming away with yet another title.
On home tatami France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou got the better of Japan’s Miku Tashiro in the -63kg class.
The 2014 world champion winning four of her fights by ippon.
In the men’s -66 kg category the Japanese Judoka Masashi Ebinuma defeated Davvaadorj Tumurkhuleg from Mongolia in under a minute.
An Changrim of South Korea engaged in a marathon final with Russia’s Denis Iartcev,the bout lasted five minutes, it eventually went the way of the Korean to win the -73 kg class.
The surprise of the day saw the elimination of Japan’s 2014 world champion Ami Kondo in her first fight by eventual winner of the -48kg category Kazakstan’s Galbadrakh.
The move of the day belongs to Masashi Ebinuma and his magnificent ippon to claim the -66kg quarter final against South Korea’s An Baul.