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Four golds for Japan on Day One of Budapest Judo Grand Prix

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BUDAPEST, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Day One of the Budapest Judo Grand Prix on Saturday saw Japanese competitors take command of the field, winning four of the seven events.

The top contest of the day was in the men' s under-60 kilogram category when world champion Naohisa Takato of Japan and the World Championship silver medalist Amiran Papinashvili of Georgia went head to head. Takato apparently waited out Papinashvili' s moves and then took over to win by ippon. Third place of the category went to Sofiane Milous of France and Ilgar Mishkiyev of Azerbaijan.

In the men' s under-66 category 2014 All Japan Championships winner Kengo Takaichi of Japan took gold, beating silver medalist Dzmetry Shershan of Belarus, while Nihat Shikhalizada of Azerbaijan and Georgii Zantaraia of Ukraine took bronze.

The women' s under-57 kilogram category gold medal went to Olympic Champion Kaori Matsumoto of Japan, who triumphed over Helene Receveaux of France, while 3rd place went to Hedvig Karakas of Hungary and Vlora Badett of Slovenia.

Miku Tashiro of Japan won the women' s under-63 kilogram category, beating silver medalist Martyna Trajdos of Germany. Third place went to Maelle DiCintio of France and Anicka Van Emden of the Netherlands.

The most popular contest with the Budapest audience was in the women' s under-48 kilogram category where Hungary' s European Champion Eva Csernovicski won gold by beating Valentina Moscatt of Italy. Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh of Mongolia and Ami Kondo of Japan shared the bronze medal.

The most disappointing meet was in the women' s under-52 kilogram category, in which an injured Odette Giuffrida of Italy withdrew to take silver by default as World Champion Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosovo received gold. Petra Nareks of Slovenia and Oleksandra Starkova of Ukraine placed joint third.

The men' s under-73 kilogram contest was interrupted when Georgia' s Lasha Shavdatuashvili, an Olympic gold medalist in the under-66 kilogram category, fell and injured a knee and had to be carried off the field. Victor Scvertov of the United Arab Emirates, who led the meet, was declared the winner, and Shavdatuashvili got silver.

The two-day Budapest Grand Prix is being held just two weeks after the Havana Grand Prix, the first International Judo Federation (IJF) event granting points towards qualification for the 2016 Olympics.

The headquarters of the International Judo Federation is in Budapest and Hungary has entered more than 40 judoka in the competitions. According to the official list of competitors 407 athletes from 53 countries and regions are participating in the tournament.

The meet continues on Sunday with seven more events being contested.

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