IJF Paris Grand Slam Day 1 Results
The first day of the 2017 Paris Grand Slam took place on Saturday, and the event saw the first seven gold medals awarded.
The -48kg, -52kg, -57g and -63kg weight classes were up for the women, while the men’s side saw the -60kg, -66kg and -73kg categories in action.
Bokyeong Jeong of Korea, who won silver at the Olympic Games in Rio, won the -48kg weight class gold medal, as she defeated Urantsetseg Munkhbat of Mongolia. After a scoreless draw, Jeong managed to get the win in golden score overtime. Ami Kondo of Japan and Milica Nikolic of Serbia took home bronze medals.
In the -52kg weight class, Majlinda Kelmendi of Russia, who won gold in Rio, won her fourth straight Paris Grand Slam title, defeating Natsumi Tsuonda of Japan in the final by countering a ouchi-gari into a waza-ari. The bronze medals went to Distria Krasniqi of Kosovo and Natalia Kuziutina of Russia.
In the -57kg weight class, 21-year-old Youjeong Kwon of Korea, competing in just her second Grand Slam competition, won the gold medal by defeating France’s Helene Receveaux in an exciting final that saw Kwon nail two waza-aris. The bronzes went to Tsukasa Yoshida of Japan and Priscilla Gneto of France.
In the -63kg division, the finals saw Tina Trstenjak of Slovenia face off with Clarisse Agbegnenou of France in a rematch from the Rio Olympics. Trstenjak held Agbegnenou off with a tate-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon. Kiyomi Watanabe of the Philippines and Margaux Pinot of France won bronzes.
The men’s contests started with the -60kg weight division, which saw Naohisa Takato of Japan, who won a bronze medal in Rio, win his third title at the Paris Grand Slam, defeating Sharafuddin Lutfillaev of Uzbekistan with a waza-ari from a ko-uchi-gari, pinning Lutfillaev with a ushiro-kesa-gatame to make him submit after 16 seconds. The bronze medals went to Orkhan Safarov of Azerbaijan and Amiran Papinashvili of Georgia.
In the -66kg weight class, 19-year-old Hifumi Abe of Japan won his fourth career Grand Slam gold medal, as he defeated Qingdao Grand Prix silver medalist Anzaur Ardanov, using a sode-tsuriukomi-goshi for a waza-ari score with five seconds remaining. Vazha Margvelashvili of Georgia and Nijat Shikhalizada of Azerbaijan won bronzes.
Finally, in the 73kg division, Shoichi Hashimoto of Japan got the win over fellow Japanese judo star Shohei Ono, needing 26 seconds of golden score time, to win his fifth consecutive competition. Bronze medals were awarded to Tohar Butbul of Israel and Hidayat Heydarov of Azerbaijan.