Judo returned to the gorgeous metropolis of Budapest as the game’s greats battled it out within the Grand Slam Hungary.
At -48kg, Olympic silver medallist and former world champion Tonaki Funa was on high-quality kind, dominating her closing towards Julia Figueroa of Spain with some sturdy groundwork, to safe her eleventh senior World Tour Gold Medal.
Worldwide Judo Federation President Marius Vizer awarded the medals.
Within the -60kg class, Jorre Verstraeten of Belgium defeated former world champion Lukhumi Chkhvimiani of Georgia with a intelligent piece of footwork. He was awarded his medals by IJF Normal Secretary, Jean-Luc Rougé.
At -52kg, Reka Pupp introduced pleasure to the house crowd as she defeated the younger Italian Giulia Carna with two Waza-ari scores to take Hungary’s first Gold medal of the match.
All of the younger youngsters in attendance, the way forward for Hungarian judo, cheered for his or her hero as they managed to catch a fast selfie with the good Pupp. She was awarded her medals by Ultima Capital CEO Max-Hervé George.
“Thanks very a lot, it’s an enormous pleasure for me to win a medal, at dwelling in Hungary as properly,” stated an excited. “That is really my first medal at dwelling, I’ve been within the closing block earlier than, however sadly it didn’t work out, however as we speak I used to be in a position to give again to my dwelling crowd every thing they’ve given me over time”.
The return of the Abe
The day additionally noticed the return of one of many Abe surprise siblings, with Abe Hifumi right here for his first match since his victory on the Tokyo Olympic Video games, and he appeared as if he’d by no means been away.
In each single contest he displayed his thrilling explosive judo, one huge method after one other, he appeared unbeatable.
Within the closing, he took on the teenager Rakhimjon Subhonov of Uzbekistan, and a superbly timed assault noticed him launch the Uzbek for a dynamic Waza-ari rating. The medals have been awarded by Atena CEO Paolo Naoni.
Afterwards, Abe was extra assured than ever.
“I’d say, trying on the competitors, nobody can beat me now. Sure, nobody can beat me,” claimed Abe
At -57kg, Japan’s Haruka Funakubo defeated Rafaela Silva of Brazil. She was awarded the gold medal by IOC Member Daniel Gyurta
All in all, it was a terrific day’s judo and it is simple to see why Hungary is an everyday cease on the World Judo Tour.