Day 2 of the Antalya Grand Slam showcases the talent of the judo world

The second day of the Antalya Grand Slam saw local children fill the stadium in anticipation of another great day of Judo. They attended an exciting opening ceremony, where the President of the International Judo Federation, Marius Vizer, and the President of the Turkish Judo Federation, Mr. Sezer Huysuz, officially opened this year’s Grand Slam.

Going for the gold

Britain’s Lucy Renshall has returned to her extraordinary escape form, capturing Hungarian Ozbas to defend her Antalya Grand Slam title from 2021. She has now earned her fourth Grand Slam gold. The British woman is becoming the one to watch in the -63kg class. Mr. Marius Vizer, president of the International Judo Federation, awarded the medals.

In the under 73 kg category, young Georgian sensational Giorgi Terashvili won his first ever medal on the judo world tour, and it was gold. He earned it after defeating the Italian Lombardo who had recently changed weight categories. He received his medals from the president of CEDCO Hungary, Mr. Michael Michaely.

The French veteran takes the medal home

A roller coaster final saw former French -70kg world champion Marie-Ève ​​Gahié come out of one score less to run this sensational Ippon. After skipping the Tokyo Olympic selection, Gahié seems to have found her target.

She was awarded the medal by the Director General of the IJF, Mr. Vlad Marinescu.

The young Brazilian puppy beats the Belgian world champion

There was a big shock when young Brazilian Guilherme Schmidt defeated Belgian world champion Mathias Casse on the way to the final. There he met the man everyone had come to see, the powerful local hero Judoka, Vedat Albayrak.

But Schmidt continued his incredible day, as he disappointed the hopes of a host nation gold, blocking the Turkish Judoka to clinch his first Grand Slam medal with a fantastic transition to bases. The medals were awarded by Mr. Yavuz Yükselir, president of the Yükselir group

The future of Turkish judo is ready to go

There was still plenty to cheer for the local audience as the entire home judoka performed solidly, both with thrilling throws and also proving that they were no stranger to groundwork. By inspiring the present young judoka, the future of the next generation of Turkish judo looks bright!