Japanese judokas strike more gold on Day 2 of Montreal Grand Prix 2019

Japanese judokas strike more gold on Day 2 of Montreal Grand Prix 2019
By Philip Pangalos
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Explosive judo dominated a thrilling second day of the Montreal Grand Prix 2019, with Japan topping the medals table, ahead of hosts Canada in second


Day 2 of the Montreal Grand Prix 2019 opened with an amazing display from the Deer family from the Mohawk community in front of the packed Maurice Richard Arena before the judo got under way.

2015 World Champion Takanori Nagase of Japan was our Man of the Day. In the -81kg final, Nagase faced local hero, Olympic Bronze medallist Antoine Valois-Fortier. And with a stunning uchi mata, Nagase added another World Tour medal to his collection.

Flash attack: Takanori Nagase of Japan won the -81kg gold medal after defeating local hero Antoine Valois-Fortier of Canada in the final
I’ve been struggling a lot in international tournaments lately. And this is my first gold in a long time. And I really feel like I'm progressing right now and I’m getting back to my old self
Takanori Nagase
-81kg gold medal winner
First success at senior level: Germany's Giovanna Scoccimarro won the -70kg gold after defeating Canada's Kelita Zupancic in the final

In the women's division, Canadian hopeful Kelita Zupancic was up against German Giovanna Scoccimarro in the -70kg final, but it was Scoccimarro who took away the gold medal after holding Zupancic down for ippon. It was disappointment for Zupancic, but elation for the young German. 

The -70kg gold medal was presented by Mrs Anne Merklinger, CEO of Own The Podium, to our Woman of the Day.

At first I was nervous. But me and my coach said, we need to get the energy and the flow from everyone in here, and this made me feel really good and great, and so I was like I need to hold her, there’s only seconds and I was like ‘hold her hold her hold her’ just don’t let her go!
Giovanna Scoccimarro
-70kg gold medal winner
Decisive finish: Soichi Hashimoto of Japan took the -73kg gold after defeating Victor Scvortov of the United Arab Emirates in the final

2017 World Champion Soichi Hashimoto of Japan faced off against Victor Scvortov of the United Arab Emirates in the -73kg final. After scoring a wazari, Hashimoto immediately proceeded to submit Scvortov using an armlock to secure his gold medal. It was an opportune counter-attack, leading to a decisive finish.

The gold wins of Hashimoto and Nagase helped keep Japan atop of the **medals standings,**with a total of four golds so far, ahead Canada in second place with one gold, three silvers and three bronzes.

First Grand Prix gold: Cho Mokhee of Korea won the -63kg gold medal after beating Amy Livesy of Great Britain in the final

In the women's division, Cho Mokhee of Korea won the -63kg category after countering Amy Livesy of Great Britain in the final, securing her first ever Grand Prix gold medal.

Meanwhile,  Alexia Castilhos of Brazil took away an emotional bronze medal in the -63kg category after defeating Israel's Gili Sharir to win her fourth medal in a Grand Prix.

Canadian medal wins send home fans wild

And two home bronze medals sent the Canadian fans wild. After -63kg home favourite Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard defeated Katharina Haecker of Australia with a hold down, her compatriot Antoine Bouchard bested Brazil’s Eduardo Barbosa in the -73kg bronze contest to the joy of the spectators. It was a great day for Canada.

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