Eternal Paris is once again the scene of a new Judo Grand Slam, with two days full of great judokas and better fights.
Before starting these, the president of the International Judo Federation, Marius Vizer, signed an important agreement with Benjamin LakatusChairman and CEO of MET Group, for a partnership that will bring even more energy to the ever-electric world of judo.
Already on the tatami, great news for the French, with the victory of the Blandine Pont in the category of less than 48 kilos, after defeating Serbia in the grand final Milica Nikolic. Morinari Watanabepresident of the International Gymnastics Federation and member of the IOC, delivered what were the first medals of the championship.
France could not, however, also take gold in less than 60, because Cedric Revol he ended up succumbing to the Azerbaijani balabay aghayebwho received his medal from the president and CEO of MET Group, Benjamin Lakatos.
In under 52, the Olympic champion Krasniqi Dystria once again demonstrated her great form, with a very fast osoto-gari in the initial exchange that ended up being more than enough to overcome the Hungarian Reka Pupp in the end. Sandor Csanyi, president of the OTP, did the honors on the podium.
And gold for Ukraine in less than 66 kilos, with an impressive Bogdan Yadov Before whom the Mongol could do nothing Erkhembayar Battogtokh. Both received their medals from the IJF executive committee member and Kodokan president, Haruki Uemura.
Shavdatuashvili increases his legend
In less than 57, more joy for France, thanks to a tactical victory by Priscilla Gneto before the former world champion Jessica Klimkait. Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill, special guest of the International Judo Federation, hung Gneto his deserved gold.
“It’s incredible to fight, get a medal and see everyone supporting us throughout the day,” confessed the champion. “The something that gives us a lot of strength, so thank you for it.”
judo legend, Lasha Shavdatuashvili, He demonstrated again this Saturday the reason for his fame. The Georgian beat the Brazilian in the final under 73 Daniel Cargin to continue expanding his enormous palmares. The president of ANOAC and member of the IOC, Mustapha Berraf, handed out the medals.
“I am very happy, because this is a special public, it is different from the others, and it gives a lot of motivation to all the athletes”, confessed Shavdatuashvili. “It’s a great feeling to win and see that everyone is happy about your victory.”
The gold of less than 63 was hung by the Israeli Gili Sharir, executioner in the end of Nami Nabekura. He is also Japanese Yasuhiro Yamashitaa member of the IJF and the IOC, rewarded both judokas on the podium.
As usual, the day also had time for the enjoyment of the little ones, who were able to meet big stars like Clarisse Agbegnenou. French and world judo expects a lot from these new generations.
The Grand Slam in Paris concludes this Sunday with the dispute of the second day, in which the great weights will take center stage. There is still a lot of judo to see in the capital of France.
Source: Euronews Español