Young Ukrainians witnessed the magnificent performance of the Japanese judoka

The second day of the Grand Slam judo tournament in Hungary begins with a unique celebration.

On the second day of the Grand Slam Judo Tournament in Hungary, more than 200 Ukrainian refugee judokas living in Hungary took to the competition mats, which gave them the opportunity to share the same space as their judoka heroes.

The celebration ended with a moment of silence in memory of the late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The event was opened by the President of the International Judo Federation, Marius Vizer, along with the Hungarian Minister of Defense, HE Christoph Szalay-Bobrovnicki, and the IJF Vice President, Dr. D. Laszlo Toth.

Japan’s continued momentum and Azerbaijan’s first gold medal

In the 63 kg category, Japanese Megumi Horikawa caught up with Pole Anzhelika Szymanska with a quick movement of her legs and scored Waza-ari. After achieving victory, she took her third Grand Slam gold.

The President of Montenegro, His Excellency Milo Djukanovic, was present at the presentation of the medals.

In the weight category up to 73 kg, Hidayat Heydarov from Azerbaijan shocked the current world champion, Georgian Lasha Shavdatuashvili, by inflicting Golden Points on him. He was confident and excited to win such an important match.

“Today, when I woke up, I felt very refreshed and felt that I would be in the final. And when I am in the final, I will never give it to my opponent, so I knew that I would win the Gold medal.”

He was awarded medals by Hungarian Defense Minister Christoph Salay-Bobrovnitsky.

In the 70kg category, a perfect example of action-reaction, when the Japanese Niizoe Saki stepped over the attack of the German Miriam Butkereit and scored a decisive Ippon. Local fans were happy to see such a great judoka and congratulated her on her performance.

She was awarded the medal by the Chairman and CEO of OTP Bank, Mr. Sandor Chanyi.

In the weight category up to 81 kg, the Brazilian Guilherme Shimidt defeated the silver medalist of the Olympic Games Said Mollaei (Azerbaijan).

The medals were presented by the Hungarian State Secretary for Sports, Dr. Adam Schmidt.

Japan currently leads the medal table with five gold medals, followed by Azerbaijan with three (one gold, one silver and one bronze) and Brazil with two (one gold and one silver). Hungary is currently fifth in the medal standings with one gold.

Heavyweights on Sunday, and judging by the local Hungarian kids who cheered for each of their heroes as they fought hard on home soil, Hungary is aiming for more gold.