Kim Jan-Di is in good shape. Recently she won the Asian Open in Taipei, this time at the Grand Prix in Tashkent she captured the victory at a World level tournament. Kim was the best among 25 women and defeated the elite judoka around.
Asian Championships bronze medallist Kim Jan-Di (KOR) chalked up the second Grand Prix win of her career by emphatically dispatching Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Irina Zabludina (RUS) in the -57kg final.
World number 24 Kim floored Zabludina with a thunderous osoto-gari for ippon after two minutes and showed her emotion as she stood on top of the podium and soaked up the South Korean anthem.
In the first semi-final Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Sabrina Filzmoser (AUT) fell to Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Irina Zabludina (RUS) by the only shido of the scoreless contest. In the second semi-final former World Judo Masters bronze medallist Kim was successful against fellow Asian Championships bronze medallist Liu Yang of China by ippon after 90 seconds.
The first bronze medal was won by Liu who edged out Budapest Grand Prix silver medallist Viola Waechter (GER) by a yuko which was the only score of the contest. The second bronze medal was won by Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix silver medallist Helene Receveaux (FRA) with just five seconds left as world number eight Filzmoser received hansoku-make for a leg grab.