Yakhyo Imamov was one of two Uzbek gold medallists on the final day of action at the IJF Grand Prix in Tashkent ©IJF

Hosts Uzbekistan comfortably finished top of the medal table at the International Judo Federation (IJF) Grand Prix in Tashkent as victories for Yakhyo Imamov and Soyib Kurbonov on the final day of action increased their overall tally of golds to six.

Former Paris Grand Slam winner Imamov delivered top honours in the men’s under 90 kilograms category, beating fellow countryman Davronbek Sattorov in the final.

The 26-year-old was competing in only his second competition at the weight having been eliminated in round two when he debuted at the Budapest Grand Prix in June.  

Imamov, a former under 81kg judoka, received a shido for not taking a grip, as did his opponent, and they remained level and scoreless after five minutes.

After Sattorov received medical treatment off the tatami for a finger laceration, Imamov made a desperate attack which was enough for a yuko score and gold.

Kurbonov, meanwhile, went unbeaten in the men’s under 100kg division and capped off an impressive display by defeating Azerbaijan’s Jalil Shukurov in the gold medal match.

The Budapest Grand Prix silver medallist had won his one and only previous meeting with Shukurov and the outcome was the same today as the world number 25 prevailed 3-2 on shido penalties.

Both judoka had two shidos to their names with 10 seconds left and golden score loomed until the Azeri was penalised for a cross-grip.

Uzbekistan’s Mukhammadkarim Khurramov and Russia’s Magomed Magomedov won the men's under 90kg bronze medals at the expense of Kazakhstan’s Meirambek Zhangabay and Tajikistan’s Komronshokh Ustopiriyon respectively.

The first bronze medal match in the under 100kg category saw Kazakhstan’s Viktor Demyanenko beat Tajikistan’s Saidzhalol Saidov, after which Uzbekistan’s Erkin Doniyorov got the better of Russia’s Kazbek Zankishiev.

Home favourite Soyib Kurbonov triumphed in the men's under 100kg category ©IJF
Home favourite Soyib Kurbonov triumphed in the men's under 100kg category ©IJF

Kazakhstan also won two gold medals on the third and final day thanks to Gulzhan Issanova’s win in the women’s over 78kg and Yerzhan Shynkeyev’s triumph in the men’s over 100kg.

Asian Championships silver medallist Issanova sealed her third IJF Grand Prix title with a victory over Belarus’ Maryna Slutskaya.

Both athletes incurred shido penalties for passivity, however, a misfiring Slutskaya crucially received two to veteran Issanova’s one.

As for Asian Championships bronze medallist Shynkeyev, he won his first IJF Grand Prix gold medal by defeating Russia’s Andrey Volkov.

Shynkeyev conjured up the best moment of the contest as he scored a yuko with an uchi-mata after the halfway point.

Russia’s Daria Karpova and Uzbekistan’s Rahima Yuldoshova won the women’s over 78kg bronze medals as Uzbekistan’s Gulnoza Azimova and Saneayim Erkinbaeva both missed out on the podium.

The first bronze medal match in the men’s over 100kg category saw Uzbekistan’s Boltoboy Baltaev defeat Kyrgyzstan’s Iurii Krakovetskii, after which Belarus’ Aliaksandr Vakhaviak overcame Uzbekistan’s Shukhrat Turoboev.

Hungary's Abigél Joó struck gold in the women's under 78kg division ©IJF
Hungary's Abigél Joó struck gold in the women's under 78kg division ©IJF

Today’s other winner was Zagreb Grand Prix champion Abigél Joó of Hungary, who came from behind in the women’s under 78kg final to defeat Kazakhstan’s Albina Amangeldiyeva.

Joó, one of the highest-profile judoka in Tashkent, surprisingly fell behind to the world number 39 Amangeldiyeva.

The Kazakh fighter led with a yuko from a tani-otoshi before Joó scored a waza-ari with an uchi-mata and remained in front for the remainder of the contest to make it back-to-back IJF Grand Prix wins.

Uzbekistan’s Kumush Yuldashova defeated compatriot Nodira Yuldasheva in the first bronze medal match and was joined on the third step of the podium by Kazakhstan’s Zarina Raifova, who proved too strong for home favourite Dilnoza Kamolova.

Judo’s elite will now prepare for the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, the fourth of the season following those in Paris, Baku and Tyumen.

Scheduled to take place from October 28 to 30, more than 200 judoka from 35 nations are due to make the trip to the United Arab Emirates’ capital with a host of Rio 2016 Olympic medallists set to return to IJF World Judo Tour action.

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