In the first final of the day GALBADRAKH Otgontsetseg -48kg (KAZ) produced her performance of her career as she defeated former world champion and former teammate MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL).
GALBADRAKH, 24, started representing Kazakhstan in August 2015 instead of her native Mongolia which meant that the talented fighter’s world ranking points were reset and she started from zero.
World number one MUNKHBAT Urantsetseg (MGL) renewed her acquaintances with her ex-colleague as the pocked-sized world number 23, GALBADRAKH, who made the stronger start as she took the lead with a yuko from a well-executed yoko-tomoe-nage.
That score proved to be enough as GALBADRAKH earned a superb first Grand Slam gold medal.
The first semi-final saw double world champion ASAMI Haruna (JPN) lose out to fellow former world champion MUNKHBAT.
ASAMI was penalised with a shido in the opening minute and MUNKHBAT was the stronger Asian judoka as she outfought her opponent for all four minutes and won by a waza-ari which was the only score of their contest.
In the second semi-final Jeju Grand Prix winner GALBADRAKH squeezed past Olympic bronze medallist Charline VAN SNICK (BEL) with a tenacious display.
Both judoka were level on the scoreboard with a yuko apiece after four minutes but the Belgian had been penalised twice while the former registered an unblemished record to secure a place in the final.