Mon­go­lia ranks 6th at Judo Grand Slam

The UB Post - - Sports & Culture - By B.OCHIRJAMAA

The Osaka Judo Grand Slam 2018, the fifth and fi­nal Grand Slam of the sea­son, has con­cluded af­ter three days of in­tense com­pe­ti­tion at the Maruzen In­tec Arena, Ja­pan from Novem­ber 23 to 25.

Out of teams from 71 coun­tries, the Mon­go­lian team, con­sist­ing of 10 men and three women, came in sixth place with sil­ver and bronze medals. Ja­pan came in first with 11 gold, eight sil­ver and 16 bronze medals, fol­lowed by Canada, the Nether­lands, Cuba and Rus­sia.

For­mer world cham­pion M.Urantset­seg was seen as a strong com­peti­tor in the women’s 48 kg cat­e­gory as she held onto her sta­tus as the world num­ber one af­ter vic­tory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in Oc­to­ber.

Five-time Grand Slam win­ner M.Urantset­seg won Ja­pan’s Grand Slam in 2016 and took sil­ver in 2013 and 2017. How­ever, she landed on sil­ver this year af­ter los­ing to World Cham­pi­onships sil­ver medal­ist Funa Ton­aki with an ip­pon.

The bronze medal was won by Yo.Baskhuu in the men’s 66 kg cat­e­gory.

In the men’s +100 kg cat­e­gory, Ho­hhot Grand Prix win­ner N.Tu­vsh­in­ba­yar and World Cham­pi­onships bronze medal­ists U.Du­uren­ba­yar fought for bronze but let it slip passed their hands, and both ended up com­ing in sev­enth place. World Cham­pi­onships bronze medal­ist D.Su­miya wanted to win her first IJF gold medal in women’s 57 kg this year in the sport’s home­land, but un­for­tu­nately, ended up in sev­enth place. The same fate landed on L.Sosor­baram (men’s 52 kg) and O.Khan­gal (women’s 100 kg).

M.Urantset­seg (white)

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