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All three top categories for Kosovo are represented in the finals for the Abu Grand Slam. Since Distria Krasniqi has chosen the category U48kg she had to adjust slightly but already showed good results. This time she was able to defeat Olympic Champion Paula Pareto in the semi final after hansoku make for Pareto.

Krasniqi defeated Maryna Cherniak Marusa Stangar and Li Yanan to win her pool, not the least three. She is in the final against Munkhbat Urantsetseg of Mongolia who bested Eva Csernoviczki (HUN) in the semi final.

Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi made her return after a year on the sidelines through injury. Kelmendi qualified for the final after she bested Chelsie Giles in the semi final. The numer 29 of the world overcame Yulia Kazarina, Karolina Pienkowska and Gili Cohen in her pool and will now face Odette Giuffrida in a repetition of the 2016 Olympic final.

In the category U57kg the final is between European champion Nora Gjakova who was first seeded and Russian Anastasia Konkina. The world number four was the top seed at U57kg but last medalled on the IJF World Judo Tour in April when she won the Antalya Grand Prix. She overcame Lien Chen-Ling of Taipeh in the semi final. Konkina was able to beat Automne Pavia who made her return successfully with a semi final spot but will now fight for bronze against French teammate Priscilla Gneto. Both won an Olympic medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. Three women from Kosovo in the finals.

In the men’s division U60kg the final is between Amiran Papinashvili and Fran Garrigos. Papinashvili defeated the Spaniard in the contest for bronze at the worlds in Baku.

U66kg Vazha Margvelashvili is opposed to Yerlan Serikzhanov, the finalist of the World Championships in Baku. Both have never met before.

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