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Day 1 of the Ulaanbaatar Grand Slam 2022 sees Japan and Mongolia on top form – 9News Nigeria

Judo returned to Mongolia as Ulaanbaatar hosted its first ever Grand Slam event. For Day 1 of the Competition, both Mongolia and Japan stand tied with two gold medals each.

In the women’s under 48kg program, Japan took its first gold medal of the tournament as reigning World Champion Natsumi Tsunoda continued her winning streak by defeating local favorite Ganbaatar Narantsetseg.

IJF Vice-President and EJU President Dr Laszlo Toth was on hand to award the medals.

In the -60kg category, there was more Gold for Japan as Ryuju Nagayama was on fire all day. In the final, he defeated Olympic Silver Medallist Yang Yung Wei with his usual style of attacking Judo.

He was awarded his medals by Director General of the World Martial Arts Masterships Committee Dr Sung-Min Kang.

In the -52kg category, Uzbekistan’s Diyora Keldiyorova executed some brilliant Judo throughout the day, to win her second grand slam Gold, after beating the…

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