Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, hosts an excellent judo feast. After the Tokyo Olympics, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, International Judo Federation President Marius Vizer and Federation’s Training Director Sandra Corak started the Judo Grand Prix tournament.
Women in the under 48 kg category Blandine PontMarius Vizer presented the gold medal of .
Paris Grand Slam champion Romanian competing under 66kg men Denis Vieru became the male judoka of the day. On the way to the final, Vieru gave an excellent performance with his favorite tactic, tai otoshi. In the final, the opponent competing for Russia Abdula AbdulzhalilovHe eliminated it. Florin Daniel Lascau, Sports Director of the International Judo Federation, presented Vieru’s medal.
Romanian judoka Denis Vieru: “I am a master of tai otoshi. My legs are very fast and light. This is the most important tactic for me. I feel great doing this move”.
The French judokas were very successful in the tournament. One of them is the bronze medalist at the Olympics. Priscilla Gnetowas. Gneto, who has not participated in tournaments for two years, won the gold medal under 57 kg with a strong ura nage and became the female judoka of the day. Sandra Corak presented Gneto’s medal.
French judoka Priscilla Gneto: _”It’s been a long time. During that time I realized that I love my sport very much and I’m very excited to be back”. _
British in the Men’s Under 60kg category Samuel HallItalian rival Angelo PantanoHe reached for the gold medal by beating . The British judoka’s medal was presented by Lisa Allan, Event Director of the International Judo Federation.
Belgian women under 52 kilos Amber RyhuelFrench rival Astride GnetoHe eliminated ‘ with the sankaku-gatame move. The medals were presented by Mohammed Meridja, Training Director of the International Judo Federation.
Young Croatian judoka Ana Viktorija Puljiz, had the opportunity to show success on the international stage in the bronze medal match. Showing a dynamic judo performance, Puljiz won the bronze medal for Croatia.
On the first day of the tournament, all judokas gave incredible performances with their ippon points. Especially Angelo Pantanoand the black guruma from Abdula Abdulzhalilov‘s strong knockdown kick off the 2021 Zagreb Grand Pirx tournament perfectly.