The first World Judo Tour event of the year, the Portuguese Judo Grand Prix 2024, started yesterday in the city of Odivelas.
-In the 48 kg category, there was a Japan-Japan match where two Junior World Champions competed against each other. Yoshioka took home his first Grand Prix medal by winning with waza-ari in the Golden Score.
Mr. Almaz Alesnov, CEO of International Judo Federation Partner Harvest Group, was present to award the medals.
In the men’s -60 kg category, Uzbek Dilshodbek Baratov won the gold medal after his masterful waza-ari.
He received his medal from IJF Director of Training and Coaching, Mr Mohammed Meridja.
“I won my first competition in 2024 and this is a great start on the road to this year’s Olympic Games,” Baratov said.
In the women’s -52kg final, Uzbekistan’s Diyora Kldeiyorova scored a stunning victory, winning the gold medal within the first 30 seconds – an incredible switch to juji-gatame forcing her opponent to submit and seeing her win her first Grand Prix. to his impressive medal collection.
His medal was presented by IJF Chief Referee Director Armen Bagdasarov.
“I would love to stay in Portugal because I came from cold minus temperatures and now it is above 20 degrees and I feel very good,” Kldeiyorova said.
Former World Champion Yago Abuladze won the gold medal in the men’s -66 kg final.
After the Skinse match, Abuladze made a spectacular change of direction and scored waza-ari in the Golden Score, securing his victory.
The medals were awarded by Mr Nicolas Messner, IJF Director of Media and Judo for Peace.
In the women’s -57 kg category, Huh Mimi showed off her excellent judo skills and scored a waza-ari goal and followed it up with waza-ari-awasete-ippon. Another medal for his collection and a great start to 2024.
He was awarded the gold medal by IJF Referee Supervisor and Olympic Champion Mr. Giuseppe Maddaloni.