Russia Dominates Zagreb Grand Prix
New champions were crowned at the Judo Grand Prix in Zagreb over the weekend, many of whom had never received a medal before. Russian judokas dominated much of the competition, with Alexander Grigorev leading the way in the under 90 kg bracket.
Grigorev cruised his way to the top of the medals table and won his second Grand Prix gold medal. His successful run at the Zagreb Grand Prix included a victory over the 21-year-old Israeli prospect Li Kochmann.
Adlan Bisultanov, another Russian, won his third IJF gold in the under 100 kg tournament. He defeated Budapest Grand Prix winner Michael Korrel.
In the over 100 kg bracket, the heaviest division in the tournament, Romania’s World Judo Masters winner Daniel Natea was victorious, winning his first Grand Prix. He beat Germany’s Sven Heinle by ippon.
Hungary’s Abigil Joo won the women’s under 78 kg. gold, beating the Netherland’s Guusje Steenhuis.