The local federation honored its champions as they entered the next phase of their lives.
In the final that started in the 63 kg category, Polish Angelika Szymanska won the first Grand Slam championship in her history by coming first with waza-ari after a competitive fight.
International Judo Federation (IJF) Chief Sports Director Vladimir Barta presented the medals.
“The atmosphere is great, the children here love judo, it is a very popular sport in Azerbaijan so I am very happy to be here, to win here and to enjoy my victory with the children,” Szymanska said. she said.
He achieved great success by winning his second gold medal at the Azerbaijan Grand Slam in the 73 kg category.
Hidayat Heydarov finished the contest in style with a massive seoi-otoshi that had the entire crowd behind him.
The stadium was filled with joy and his name was chanted in the celebrations. A fairytale day for Heydarov and the fans in Baku, and an inspiring display for the next generation of young judokas in the audience.
His medal was given to him by Mr. Elnur Memmedli, Vice President of the Azerbaijan Judo Federation and Olympic champion.
“I hope that my team members will repeat my success here, and I hope that there will be more Olympic champions from Azerbaijan, and I hope to be one of them,” Heydarov said later. said.
In the 70kg category, Greece’s powerhouse Elisavet Teltsidou won an impressive fourth Grand Slam gold by defeating Spain’s Ai Tsunoda Roustant with a tremendous waza-ari.
IJF Ambassador Dr. Antonio Castro presented the medals.
The day ended with the host nation’s incredible third gold medal, with the title in the 81kg category going to local hopeful Zelim Tckaev, who defeated Olympic bronze medalist Shamil Borchashvili. What a great day for Azerbaijan!
The medals were presented by Olympic and World bronze medalist Mr. Movlud Miraliyev.
The crowd enjoyed another feast on the second day, where the prowess of the Azerbaijani team was clearly on display. Ippon after ippon they got more excited throughout the day and created an electric atmosphere in Baku.
Join us again on day 3!