Fit Irina Marzok wins the top prize at Grand Prix Budapest
Rijeka Grand Prix bronze medallist Iljana Marzok (GER) reigned in the -70kg category as she won her final against Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Barbara Matic (CRO). Marzok has been battling niggling injuries but looked fully fit and full of energy as she returned with a high-quality performance. The German judoka defeated teenager star Matic by ippon from an ouchi-gari after just 36 seconds.
In the first semi-final MARZOK bested World Championships-bound NUNIRA Karen (JPN) by trapping her with sankaku-gatame for 20 seconds to earn ippon. At the same stage MATIC defeated Paris Grand Slam silver medallist Fanny Estelle POSVITE (FRA) with two waza-ari scores.
The first bronze medal was won by world number 12 POSVITE who proved too strong for Qingdao Grand Prix winner CHEN Fei (CHN) as she was dispatched by ippon with two minutes remaining. The second bronze medal went to NUNIRA who defeated 21-year-old Warsaw European Open silver medallist Szaundra DIEDRICH (GER) vs NUNIRA, Karen (JPN) by a yuko from a harai-goshi.