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Uzbek judoka's steal the show on final day of Tashkent Grand Prix

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By Euronews
Uzbek judoka's steal the show on final day of Tashkent Grand Prix

The home contingent took their fine performance into the third and final day of the Tashkent Grand Prix in Uzbekistan.

Soyib Kurbonov took gold in the men’s -100kg category.

He got the better of an ailing Jalil Shukurov from Azerbaijan in the final.

Kurbonov’s countryman Yakhyo Imamov continued Uzbekistan’s gold medal haul.

The home talent struck gold in only his second competition since moving up to the -90kg weight category.

The 26-year old former -81kg judoka beat compatriot Davronbek Sattorov in the final.

The fight remained scoreless throughout the regulation five minutes.

But Imamov sealed the win courtesy of a yuko 28 seconds into added time or golden score.

Kazakhstan’s Yerzhan Shynkeyev celebrated the first Grand Prix gold medal of his career after defeating Tyumen Grand Slam winner Andrey Volkov from Russia.

Shynkeyev scored what turned out to be a winning yuko with an uchi-mata after the halfway point of the contest to claim the heavyweight title.

Zagreb Grand Prix winner Abigel Joo of Hungary came from behind to beat Albina Amangeldiyeva and claim the -78kg gold medal.

Joo – the pre tournament favourite – surprisingly fell behind to her world number 39 opponent, who got on the scoreboard first with a yuko.

But World number nine Joo bounced back with a waza-ari from an uchi-mata and then maintained her led to win back-to-back Grand Prix following her triumph in Zagreb.

In total Uzbek judokas amassed 20 medals from a possible 56 including six golds.