Grand Prix Zagreb - Event

Grand Prix Zagreb

  • Date: 26 Jul 2019 - 28 Jul 2019
  • Place: Zagreb, Croatia
  • Type: Grand Prix
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Junior world champion Gela Zaalishvili golden talent

28 Jul 2019 23:40

Georgian super talent Gela Zaalishvili sealed a remarkable comeback in Zagreb as he recorded a thrilling win over a shell-shocked Olympic silver medallist Harasawa Hisayoshi (JPN). Zaalishvili, 19, who only debuted on the IJF World Judo Tour in March, was caught with a ko-uchi-gari after 22 seconds of golden which was awarded a waza-ari before being cancelled upon a review. That scare gave the Georgian all the impetus to go for broke and he turned over 27-year-old Harasawa for ippon. Read more

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Beka Gviniashvili grabs gold and keeps door open for Worlds

28 Jul 2019 22:15

Two-time World Judo Masters winner Beka Gviniashvili (GEO) put the U90kg category on notice in Zagreb as he struck his first IJF gold medal since 2017. The 23-year-old showed his explosive judo which gave him a reputation as one of the most feared and highly-rated judoka in the category before he switched categories in the build-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics. Read more

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Canadian Shady El Nahas wins first IJF gold medal

28 Jul 2019 22:05

Shady El Nahas delivered gold for Canada at the Grand Prix in Zagreb as the youngster went one better than his result at home earlier this month. The 21-year-old Montreal Grand Prix silver medallist, who exploded onto the scene by taking a stunning silver medal at the Osaka Grand Slam last year, has progressed from being a raw talent into being an elite judoka and showed that by overcoming Antalya Grand Prix winner Alexandre Iddir (FRA) in golden score with a juji-gatame. Read more

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Karla Prodan sets Zagreb on fire with bronze performance

28 Jul 2019 21:55

At the seventh edition of the Grand Prix of Zagreb the home crowd cheered the whole day for its own athletes, but Karla Prodan stood out in her category U78kg. She coloured the day and took an unexpected bronze medal. Prodan gave back her smile to the crowd. It was a career-first for the 20-year-old who thrilled the youthful Croatian crowd who themselves graced the same tatami just hours prior for a masterclass. Read more

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Akira Sone positions herself as favourite for world stunt

28 Jul 2019 21:45

Sone Akira of Japan claimed heavyweight gold at the Grand Prix in Zagreb one month away from making her World Championships debut at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Sone, 19, did not have to fight in the final as European Games silver medallist Larisa Ceric (BIH) unfortunately was sidelined after picking up an injury in her successful semi-final clash. Read more