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Russia dominates day one of Qingdao Judo Grand Prix

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By Christopher Cummins  with Agencies
Russia dominates day one of Qingdao Judo Grand Prix

Day one of the Qingdao Grand Prix in China saw Russia dominate the tatami.

In the women’s -57 kg class Russia’s Anastasia Konkina, already a winner at the Tashkent Grand Prix, took on homegrown judoka Yuanyuan Lin.

There was no stopping Konkina who delivered Ippon 2.25 seconds into the bout.

The final of the men’s -60 kg category pitted another Russian, Islam Yashuev, against the 2013 World Champion, Mongolia’s Amartuvshin Dashdavaa.

The Mongolian was leading by Waza-ari before Ippon was achieved, the prize went to Dashdavaa.

Russia was not to be denied in the men’s -66 class Abdula Abdulzhalilov finished off his compatriot, the experienced Anzaur Ardanov, with some excellent ground work to claim Ippon by immobilisation.

Abdulzhalilov also featured in the move of the day.

In the semi against Altansukh Dovdon of Mongolia his Ippon delighted the trio of judges.

More from Qingdao to come.