World Championships bronze medallist Amiran Papinashvili (GEO) won his third Grand Slam title as he lit up the men’s lightest weight category. World Judo Masters silver medallist Francisco Garrigos (ESP), whose sole Grand Slam triumph come in Abu Dhabi in 2016, was thrown with a koshi-guruma for ippon after 20 seconds of golden score as Papinashvili stole the show on day one.
In the first semi-final Paris Grand Slam silver medallist Sharafuddin Lutfillaev (UZB) was turned over by Papinashvili with beautiful te-waza for ippon as the Georgian marched on to the final. In the second semi-final Garrigos downed Agadir Grand Prix winner Gusman Kyrgyzbayev (KAZ) after two and a half minutes of golden score by ippon from a gigantic hip throw.
The first bronze medal was won by Kyrgyzbayev who rolled over former Cancun Grand Prix bronze medallist Jorre Verstraeten (BEL) with a soft counter to a seoi-nage for a waza-ari score in golden score. The Kazakh opened his Grand Slam medal account after 25 seconds of added time to ensure this his country won exactly 25% of the -60kg medals available on day one.
The second bronze medal went to Lutfillaev who conquered former world champion Yeldos Smetov (KAZ) in golden score. Lutfillaev won the contest after three and a half minutes of added time when Smetov was penalised with a shido for a false attack.