Kosovo took two golds and one silver medal on day one of the International Judo Federation Grand Prix in Tashkent, Uzbekistan as Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi climbed back to the top of the podium.
Five weight categories were contested at the Uzbekistan Sports Centre today as the event got underway.
In the lightest female category at under-48kg, Kelmendi’s compatriot Distria Krasniqi took gold after beating the former Olympic bronze medallist Eva Csernoviczki of Hungary.
Krasniqi scored a waza-ari first before her opponent conceded a third and final shido to hand the victory to the Kosovo judoka.
Portugal’s Joana Diogo and Serbia’s Milica Nikolic were awarded the bronze medals.
Kosovo top the medal table as Rio 2016 champion Kelmendi returned to top form in the women’s under-52 kilograms.
Kelmendi had not fought since 2017 when she took silver at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in October.
In Tashkent, she had to battle the top seed, Evelyne Tschopp of Switzerland but produced an ippon by koshi-waza technique to secure the gold.
Poland’s Agata Perenc and Spain’s Ana Perez Box took the bronze medals.