The first day of the 2023 Judo Grand Slam, where breathtaking throws and the world’s best judo athletes competed for gold, took place in Abu Dhabi.
Italian Assunta Scuto, the world’s number one in -48 kg, showed why she deserved the top. A magnificent ippon score against Turkish judoka Sıla Ersin in the final earned Scutto the Abu Dhabi gold medal.
IJF President Marius Vizer presented the medals.
France had a golden moment at -60kg as Revol clinched victory with a spectacular waza-ari against Brazil’s Takaki. First Grand Slam gold for the Frenchman.
The medals were presented by IOC Member Balazs Furjes, representing Hungary.
“This is my first championship but I’ve won two medals before so I love it here, it’s a good energy for me. Four participations, three medals, one gold. I love it here, maybe next time for a vacation,” Revol said.
It was an exciting moment when the unstoppable Odette Giuffrida in the -52 kg category secured the gold medal with a masterful counter-attack. Fifth Grand Slam victory.
The medals were presented by IJF Vice President Obaid Al Anzi.
“Yes, I love it here. It’s really hot outside, so it’s perfect for its weight. It’s always magic for me, I always have good memories and I think this is my third medal and hopefully there will be many more, so let’s see,” Giuffrida said.
Vazha Margvelashvili from Georgia, who reached the gold score in the gripping final of -66 kg, won the gold medal by pulling waza-ari.
UAE Judo Federation President Mohammed Bin Thaaloob Alderei presented the medals.
In the epic fight in -57 kg, Canadian Deguchi and Klimkait fought for the gold medal, and the medal went to Klimkait, who clinched the tactical victory thanks to penalties.
UAE Minister of State Jabr Al Suwaidi presented the medals
There was also an incredible performance by Narmandakh Bayanmunkh from the UAE, making her country proud with many big moments and eventually winning the bronze medal.
Competition will resume tomorrow for the second day of the Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam.