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Azerbaijan’s Iryna Kindzerska bested Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist Beatriz Souza (BRA) in the opening seconds of their heavyweight final of the Grand Prix in Antalya. Kindzerska clinched her third Grand Prix title for Azerbaijan after just 17 seconds with a thunderous harai-makikomi for ippon as yet another country struck gold in Antalya.
In the first semi-final Kindzerska defeated Cancun Grand Prix bronze medallist Ksenia Chibisova (RUS) with an o-soto-makikomi for ippon. In the second semi-final Tbilisi Grand Prix bronze medallist Maryna Slutskaya (BLR) was second best against Souza who won by ippon from an o-soto-gari.
The first bronze medal was awarded to Marrakech Grand Prix gold medallist Kayra Sayit (TUR) who pinned down Slutskaya with a kami-shiho-gatame for 20 seconds to claim the host nation’s third medal in Antalya.
The second bronze medal was won by world number 24 Jasmin Kuelbs (GER) who threw Chibisova with a sasae-tsurikomi-ashi for a waza-ari and moved straight into the osaekomi from which the Russian gave up after seven seconds.
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