Two Serbian wins on the first day of competition

The Georgian capital Tbilisi welcomes top judoka from all over the world. The Grand Slam: well attended as always and there was a great atmosphere in the stands. No doubt: Georgia is a judo country.

In the weight class up to 48 kilograms, Serbian fighters were among themselves. Milica Nikolic defeated Andrea Stojadinov. Vladimir Barta, Director of Sport of the world association, presented the medals.

Bayramov in the men up to 60 kilograms in front

The home crowd hoped for gold in the men’s category up to 60 kilograms, but Giorgi Sardalashvili had to settle for second place. Turan Bayramov from Azerbaijan thwarted him and savored his success. Shengeli Pitskhelauri from the Georgian security service was responsible for the award ceremony.

Dijora Keldijorowa celebrated one of the biggest victories of her career in Tbilisi. In the weight class up to 52 kilograms, she even eliminated Olympic champion Distria Krasniqi. As is so often the case, Keldyorova went on the offensive, and the Uzbek’s approach bore fruit. The Canadian Michael Tamura, who works as a sports director at the world association, presented the well-deserved salary.

“Beating the Olympic champion is the result of the technical and tactical work that I did with my coaches. For me, this is a big step forward that brings me closer to my dreams,” said the winner.

First gold for Kyrgyzstan

Kubanychbek Aibek Uulu took gold for Kyrgyzstan. And that has never happened on the Judo World Tour. Victory in the weight class up to 66 kilograms was also Aibek Uulus’ first major success on the international stage. His trump card in Tbilisi was excellent footwork. So far, the 22-year-old has been in 53rd place in the world rankings, and this win makes him a decent leap forward. Mohammed Meridja, responsible for educational matters at the World Judo Federation, presented the precious metal.

“Me and my supervisors are very pleased. Today is a celebration, but tomorrow I’ll be back to work because next week I’ll be back on the mat at a competition. I also want to thank my parents, who always support me and who are now watching TV at home,” said Aibek Uulu.

Second victory for Serbia

In the women’s up to 57 kilograms there was another Serbian victory: Marica Perisic won and received gold from the hands of referee director Florin Daniel Lascau.

The judo-enthusiastic crowd in Tbilisi is still waiting for the first Georgian gold medal of this Grand Slam weekend. Even the Olympic silver medalist Vascha Margwelaschwili could not fulfill this hope. This Saturday and Sunday the Georgian judoka will have further opportunities to win precious metal.


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