All eyes were on Andreja Leski. After her silver medal at the Budapest World Championship, she came to Zagreb to show that she was one of the best on the podium. She demolished her way through the preliminaries, with her usual style of attacking Judo that is quickly making itself known.
In the calm and collected final, she faced the ever-better Geke Van Den Berg from the Netherlands. A fantastic last minute sacrificial attack sent Leski forward with only seconds to go; maintaining this advantage, he claimed the gold medal for Slovenia.
Vladimir Barta, IJF sporting director, awarded Leski his gold medal.
We ask her how she stays so calm before fighting.
“Well, there was a really good song today, so I danced a bit, and it calmed me down. So it’s with each other,” Leski said. “I don’t know, usually,” I try not to push myself too hard and it works. ”
Tato Grigalashvili, also a world silver medalist in Budapest. He also won all his fights until the final with an emphatic style, all for Ippon, showing his usual powerful style of Judo.
His Georgian power and speed were on display, giving his rapidly growing fan base plenty of cause for joy.
In the final, a clever change of direction gave him the decisive score to achieve his goal of going gold again.
He received his medal from Mr. Armen Bagdasarov, Director of Referees of the International Judo Federation.
“This is the second medal for me at a Grand Prix, so I knew the taste of a Grand Prix gold medal,” said Grigalashvili. “But you know that I am always happy when I am on the podium and the Georgian anthem plays.” playing, it’s a great feeling for me. ”
And there was more Gold for Slovenia. All-day dominance at grassroots work made Anka Pogacnik take her first Gold Grand Prix in 4 years!
Mr. Ruben Houkes, Director of the IJF Children’s Commission, presented Pogacnik with his medal.
At less than 73kg, Hidayat Heydarov took the gold after an epic trade with Victor Sterpu from Moldova. Fighting against him, the Azerbaijani judoka took the lead and celebrated with the typical passion of an Azerbaijani judoka.
Mr. Akinobu Osako, IJF Refereeing Supervisor, was present to present the medals.
The home nation held its ground on Day 2, with some fantastic culling techniques throughout the preliminaries. But this hip throw was the shining example of Croatian judo.