A Golden day for Azerbaijan

The second day of the 2022 Baku Grand Slam noticed the well-known Heydar Aliyev stadium crammed with the deafening cries of the Judo-crazy crowd.

At -63kg Inbal Shemesh was on hearth! The highly effective Israeli cleverly countered Geke Van Der Berg of the Netherlands to take her second-ever Grand Slam title; each coming in 2022. 

She was overwhelmed with emotion to proceed her implausible 12 months and Mr. Marius Vizer, President of the IJF was readily available to award the medals.

Native hero Hidayat Heydarov had been on hearth all day, with one sensible approach after one other, he blasted his means into the -73kg remaining, utilizing an outstanding number of strategies.

Azerbaijan gave the impression to be anticipating his victory, and the group blew the roof off the stadium when he gave them precisely what they wished!

He was awarded his medal by Mr. Rashad Nabiyev, President of the Azerbaijan Judo Federation.

At -70kg Olympic and World Medallist Sanne Van Dijke of the Netherlands defeated Gabriella Willems of Belgium to take her third Grand Slam gold.

She was awarded her medal by Mr Mohammed Meridja, Training & Teaching Director of the IJF

At -81kg, Judo hero and Olympic Silver Medallist Saied Mollaei took his first Gold in 3 years, bringing the Azerbaijan tally to three Gold medals at their house occasion. The medals had been awarded by IJF Visitor Mr. Cornel Varvara.

Persevering with the unbelievable momentum of the day, the remainder of the native workforce gave the excited followers in attendance lots to cheer about, with some unbelievable Ippons from each the lads’s and ladies’s groups. 

All this and nonetheless with the ultimate day of one of the vital profitable Baku Grand Slams’ on file – what a strategy to rejoice 50 years of Judo in Azerbaijan.

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