The first IJF World Judo Tour event in Israel lived up to its high expectations on the opening day of the inaugural Tel Aviv Grand Prix.

Four countries won Grand Prix gold on day one, but the opening day of the new IJF season belonged to the hosts Israel, who won two gold medals to take control of the medal table ahead of Belgium, Italy and Kosovo, who each won one gold medal in Tel Aviv.

Olympic Champion Majlinda Kelmendi demolished her way to the -52kg final. A series of enormous throws created quite a spectacle and set up a hotly anticipated final against Israel’s Gili Cohen, who had the crowd at her back

Force to be reckoned with: Olympic Champion Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosovo demolished her way to the -52kg final where she took gold after defeating Israel’s Gili Cohen

Force to be reckoned with: Olympic Champion Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosovo demolished her way to the 52kg final where she took gold after defeating Israel’s Gili Cohen

But even that couldn’t stop the Kosovan hero, as she denied Israel a clean sweep in the Women’s categories. Kelmendi is truly a force to be reckoned with.

Sources:
https://www.euronews.com/2019/01/25/israeli-judokas-top-medals-table-on-day-1-of-tel-aviv-judo-grand-prix
https://www.judoinside.com/news/3123/Majlinda_Kelmendi_powers_to_gold_in_36_seconds_final