European judoists win five gold medals on the final day of the Zagreb Grand Prix

The European judoka stole the show on the final day of the Judo Grand Prix in Zagreb, Croatia.

Two Dutch champions, Jur Spijkers and Michael Correl, won the over 100 kg and under 100 kg weight categories, bringing the Netherlands to the top of the leaderboard.

En route to the final, Correl defeated world-class opponents, including reigning World Champion Nikoloz Sherazadishvili from Spain.

In the final, he met the explosive 21-year-old Ilya Sulamanidze, whom he lost in their last meeting. But Correl didn’t make the same mistake twice.

Lightning footwork led to a decisive waza-ari on the Georgian and evened the score between two incredible judokas.

He was awarded by Skander Hachicha, sports director of the International Judo Federation.

In the weight category over 100 kg, the current European champion Jur Spiikers met with the Mongolian athlete Odkhuu. The quick release technique earned the Netherlands their second gold medal on the last day in Zagreb.

Yasuhiro Yamashita, Member of the IJF Executive Committee and Member of the International Olympic Committee, presented the medals.

Beka Gviniashvili of Georgia also came out on top in the final, defeating Rafael Macedo of Brazil in the 90 kg category.

He scored two strong waza-ari scores culminating in an ippon knockout punch. The Georgian leader won his 26th IJF World Tour medal.

The medals were presented by Dr. Laszlo Toth, Vice-President of the International Judo Federation and President of the European Judo Federation.

In the 78 kg weight category, Briton Natalie Powell met in the final with number one seeded Inbal Lanir from Israel.

A fantastic piece of progressive no-waza saw a determined Powell grab a choke and ratcheted up the pressure until Lanier was forced into submission.

Regularly appearing on the podium, Powell achieved strong results in the 78 kg category, but she was delighted to take her first gold in over two years.

She was awarded medals by Dr. Sanda Korak, IJF Director of Education.

“Today was really special because my coach, who I’ve been working with for the past eight years. This is his last competition with me. So yes, finishing in the gold medal with Darren Warner by my side was the icing on the cake,” she said after receiving her medal.

In the weight category over 78 kg, Israeli Raz Hershko announced a tactical victory over Serbian Milica Zabic.

The medals were presented by Armen Bagdasarov, IJF Chief Referee Director.

Croatian heavyweight judo was showcased on the final day of the Zagreb Grand Prix and some of the best ippons were created by local talent. It was a fantastic way to complete the Zagreb Grand Prix this year.