On the second day of the Tashkent Grand Slam, Yunusobod Sport Arena jumped again. The energy of the patriotic crowd was contagious before the official opening of the event by IJF President Marius Vizer and His Highness Odil Abdurakhmonov, Advisor to the President of Uzbekistan.
Class below 63 kg
Japan’s Megumi Horikawa, who won the World Champion right in this city last year, is back comfortably in the under 63kg final. There she met Mexican Prisca Awiti Alcaraz. Horikawa secured the gold with an incredible uchi-mata and reinforced his love for Tashkent with another medal.
The medals were presented by IJF President Marius Vizer.
“I’m very happy to win a medal here again, and it’s been a huge inspiration for me,” Horikawa said.
under 73 kg class
There was a sense of anticipation as Uzbekistan’s own player, Murodjon Yuldoshev, reached the under-73kg final, a well-timed counterattack that sparked enthusiastic applause, and a sense of anticipation as it fully demonstrated the admiration of the crowd.
The medals were presented by Azizjon Kamilov, President of the Uzbekistan Judo Federation.
“This is my first grand slam gold and I feel very happy. Local fans were here to support and cheer us on, which helped me get the medal,” Yuldoshev explained.
under 81 kg class
In the final of the under 81kg category, Hungarian Attila Ungvari defeated Olympic bronze medalist Shamil Borchashvili to take his second grand slam gold.
Sandor Fasimon, CEO of IJF Partner MET Asia presented the medals.
under 70 kg class
The reigning world champion, Croatia’s Barbara Matic, faced Austria’s Michaela Polleres in the under-70kg final. Polleres threw waza-ari against the world champion to claim the gold medal.
The medals were presented by IJF Chief Referee Director Armen Bagdasarov.
From the world-class judoka showcasing his skills to the incredible atmosphere created by the passionate and supportive crowd, this Grand Slam has truly been one for ages.
Tashkent once again proved that before is a top destination for judo. Heavyweights on Sunday!