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Neutral judokas rank first at Ulan Bator Grand Slam

26 Jun 2022, 23:49 GMT+10

ULAN BATOR, June 26 (Xinhua) - Neutral judokas competing under the flag of the International Judo Federation (IJF) ranked first at the 2022 Ulan Bator Grand Slam that concluded here on Sunday.

IJF athletes got five golds, two silvers and two bronzes, followed by Japan with four golds, one silver and two bronzes. Host nation Mongolia ranked third with two golds, four silvers and five bronzes.

The last day of the tournament saw Mikhail Igolnikov of the IJF defeat Uzbekistan's Davlat Bobonov to grab the men's -90kg category gold medal. Didar Khamza from Kazakhstan and Noel van't End from the Netherlands shared the bronze.

Fellow IJF judoka Matvey Kanikovskiy beat Portugal's Jorge Fonseca in the men's -100kg final, with Peter Paltchik of Israel and Michael Korrel of the Netherlands taking the bronze.

Also on Sunday, the IJF's Inal Tosaev defeated Roy Meyer of the Netherlands in the gold medal contest in the men's +100 kg category. Bronze medals were shared by Adil Orazbayev from Kazakhstan and Yusei Ogawa of Japan.

In the women's -78kg category, Japan's Mami Umeki won gold after beating Inbar Lanir of Israel in the final. Alina Boehm of Germany and local favorite Otgonbayar Khuslen shared the bronze.

Israel's Raz Hershko captured the gold medal by defeating home favourite Amarsaikhan Adiyasuren in the women's +78kg final. Bronze medals went to South Korea's Kim Ha-yun and Kamila Berlikash of Kazakhstan.

The 2022 Ulan Bator Grand Slam, with a total prize fund of 154,000 euros, is the first qualifying round for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

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