Qingdao Grand Prix Recap: Day One
Five titles are at stake in the IJF Judo Grand Prix in Qingdao, China. The first day of action featured competition in three women’s divisions (-48kg, -52kg and -57kg) and two men’s categories (-60kg and -66kg).
In the women’s -48kg category, Chinese judok Ll Yanan won her first Grand Prix gold medal. The former Pan Am bronze medalist was dominant from the start on Friday, defeating Tashkent Grand Prix winner Mariia Persidskaia of Russia.
In the -52kg category, Chen Chen of China defeated Orenburg European Cup bronze medallist Galiya Sagitova of Russia. The final went scoreless but Chen won on penalties. This match demonstrated the dominance of Chinese and Russian judokas in the competition, but it was China that came out on top.
Tashkent Grand Prix winner Anastasiia Konkina won back-to-back Grand Prix gold in the women’s -57kg category, beating Chinese judoka Lin Yuanyuan. The 22-year-old Konkina won the final match by waza-ari.
In the men’s -60kg category, former silver medalist Dashdavaa Amartuvshin won Grand Prix gold over Casablanca African Open silver medallist Islam Yashuev with a 15-second tate-shiho-gatame hold. It was the fifth gold medal for the Mongolian judoka.
In the -66kg category, former Miami Grand Prix winner Abdula Abdulzhalilov of Russia won his first Grand Prix gold. He defeated his teammate and former silver medalist Anzaur Ardanov. Number 58 ranked judoka won three matches by ippon in the leadup to the final, which he won by hold down.
You can check out the full results from Friday’s actions courtsey of IJF.org.