Grand Slam of Rio kicks-off with big surprises in strong participants listIn the morning session some serious surprises could be seen in Rio.
Rishod Sobirov (UZB) defeated the new European Champion Milous Sofiane (FRA). Europe’s vice-champion Ludwig Paischer (AUT) lost to Jeroen Mooren (NED).
Japan’s number two Fukuoka Masaaki (JPN) who won silver in Tunis but lost today in the quarter final to Arsen Galstyan (RUS).
A lot of surprises U66kg; World Champion Khasbaatar Tsagaanbaatar (MGL) was defeated by Loic Korval (FRA). Europe’s number two Miklos Ungvari (HUN) lost to world junior champion Junpei Morishita (JPN), but Morishita finished just fifth as Alim Gadanov (RUS) was better today.
Tunis GP winner Rok Draksic (SLO) was surprised by Sanjaasuren Miyaragchaa (MGL). Japanese Champion Ebinuma lost to World medalist Elio Verde (ITA).
Russia’s frontrunner U73kg Mansur Isaev was one of the few victims in the first rounds in Rio. Isaev lost to Mirali Sharipov (UZB) in his first fight.
Beijing’s Olympic silver medalist Benjamin Darbelet (FRA) was beaten by Attila Ungvari (HUN).
Belgium’s talented Amelie Rosseneu had another great results by beating Beijing’s Olympic bronze medalist Paula Pareto (ARG) but bowed her head for World Champion Tomoko Fukumi (JPN).
The only big upset U52kg was the loss of double European Champion Natalia Kuzyutina (RUS) to Marie Muller of Luxembourg. Or was there another surprise that Ana Carrascosa (ESP) lost to Kim Kyung-Ok (KOR)? Not anymore as Carrascosa is not in a good form, nor her Spanish country women who all lost in the morning session.
Kaori Matsumoto (JPN), the winner of the GS in Paris and the GP of Düsseldorf beat the Olympic Champion Giulia Quintavalle (ITA) in the quarterfinal U57kg.
Sabrina Filzmoser (AUT) is in a really good form and won another medal today in Rio reaching the quarter final, now taking revenge on Automne Pavia (FRA) who beat her two weeks ago in Tunis, while Pavia had beaten Hedvig Karakas (HUN) in a strong block.
Morgane Ribout (FRA) was defeated by Irina Zabludina (RUS).
Europe’s vice-champion U63kg Edwige Gwend (ITA) lost her first bout to Yarden Gerbi (ISR) who lost her second match against semi finalist favorite Claudia Malzahn (GER). Emane Gevrise (FRA) again lost in her first match, just like the European Championships while she has such good memories in Rio when she took the world title in 2007 in Brazil’s top coast city.