Denisov turns on the style at Agadir Judo Grand Prix

(c) Sabau Gabriela
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Russian produces star performance on tournament final day


Kiril Denisov from Russia produced the performance of the day to beat Jorge Fonseca from Portugal in the under 100 kilos final at the Agadir Judo Grand Prix.

His first waza-ari was exquisite and the match winner was even better - leaving Denisov well pleased with his visit to Morocco:

"For sure when you win you feel better,” he said. “And I'm really happy, we had a good time in Morocco, first we trained in Casablanca and now in Agadir, we had good weather and sun... When you win in these kind of nice places it's good.''

Yelyzaveta Kalanina from Ukraine defeated Anamari Velensek from Slovenia to win the top weight title for women, the over 78 kilo category.

Kalanina has a big height advantage and won a tough fought contest when Velensek picked up three shidos - penalties for passivity.

It was a first ever gold medal for the 23-year-old.

Another cagey encounter saw Russia’s Khusen Khalmurzaev defeat Ciril Grossklaus from Switzerland to take the men’s under 90 kilo title.

The Russian was mentally tougher than his opponent and came close to scoring with a sumi-gaeshi, but in the end he won it on shido penalties

Khalmurzaev shot a smile to his brother, the Olympic champion Khasan, who’d missed out on a medal on the previous day.

And there were two golds for Germany to savour

Maike Ziech won her first ever Grand Prix medal when she defeated Anastasiya Turchnyn from Ukraine in the under 78 kilo category.

And in the last final of the day and the tournament, Johannes Frey overcame Anton Krivobokov from Russsia to win his first ever tournament medal in the prestigious over 100 kilos category.

Frey was at a big weight disadvantage and couldn’t bring Krivobokov down, but won the title when the Russian too was penalised for excessive passivity.

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