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Judo: Hosts Mongolia finish top of the medals table in home Grand Prix

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By Euronews
Judo: Hosts Mongolia finish top of the medals table in home Grand Prix

The heavyweights in were action on the third and final day of the Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix.

Hosts Mongolia produced a fine performance on home tatami and topped the medals winning nine of the 14 gold medals available.

One of which came in the -78 kilo division when Lkhamdegd Purevjargal beat Junior World Championship winner Brigita Matic of Croatia in the final courtesy of an ippon.

Olympic champion Idalys Ortiz continued to warm up nicely ahead of the Rio Games and the defence of her title next month.

The Cuban judoka celebrated her third consecutive victory in an IJF event defeating world number 36 and home hope Javzmaa Odkhuu in the +78 kilo class.

Ortiz won by two waza-ari scores to extend her winning run to 11 contests.

The -100kg final was a teenage affair.

19-year-old Mongolian Ishdorj Dashdulam was hoping to add to his nation’s gold medal haul but he came up against a superb 17-year-old Zelym Kotsoiev from Azerbaijan.

In one of the youngest Grand Prix finals of all time it was Kotsoiev who prevailed with the only score of the contest – a waza-ari after just 90 seconds.

Mongolian pair Temuulen Battulga and Otgonbaatar Lkhagvasuren won gold in the +100kg and -90kg respectively to complete a stunning showing from the host nation.