Day 2 of the Ulaanbaatar Grand Slam sees Japan and Mongolia go for gold

Day 2 of the inaugural Ulaanbaatar Grand Slam in Mongolia noticed an imposing opening ceremony in entrance of a packed-out stadium. Performances in conventional Mongolian apparel and unimaginable dances entertained each the locals and the worldwide viewers.

There to get the group prepared for the judo had been Mongolia Judo Affiliation President H.E Mr Battulga Khaltmaa, and Director Normal of the Worldwide Judo Federation, Mr. Vlad Marinescu.

For the underneath 63kg class, Japan’s Nabekura Nami took the gold medal. Utilizing a intelligent foot sweep, for which she is well-known, she clinched the title and introduced residence the third gold medal for her nation on this match.

Champions Camp Founder & CEO Mr Namsrai Batsaikhan was available to award the medals

All of the speak of the day was in regards to the return of Nagase Takanori, the present Olympic Champion for the underneath -81kg group. As this was his first match with the Gold again patch, he had a transparent goal on his again and was the one to beat. However the skilled Japanese athlete was calm and picked up as at all times.

In his first warmth, he executed a improbable o-soto, a way he’s well-known for, and began his day with a robust Ippon.

Subsequent, he fought the younger Korean Lee Joonhwan, in Lee’s second ever IJF match. And he shocked the Judo world, by catching Nagase with a improbable dropping method, typical of Korean judo.

Lee was completely delighted to place his identify firmly on the map, and put the -81kg class on excessive alert..

He then took on Olympic Bronze Medallist Borchasvili within the remaining, and as soon as once more a lightning quick dropping method gained him the competition, and earned him his second gold medal in as many IJF tournaments. An unimaginable feat from the younger Judoka.

The medals had been awarded by Ulaanbaatar Metropolis Mayor Mr Dolgorsuren Sumiyabazar.

The Mongolian staff had been right here in full pressure, led by Tsend-Ochir Tsogtbaatar, their Olympic Bronze medallist. Some improbable Judo earned him a silver medal, and created the momentum for the remainder of the staff to carry out, utilizing their unorthodox model to chase Judo’s final purpose: the Ippon.

2 improbable days of Judo right here in Mongolia, with the entire judo world holding its breath for the heavyweights tomorrow.

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