Ha Na Seo was one of four gold medallists on the opening day of the IBSA World Games judo competition ©IBSA

South Korea's Ha Na Seo took gold in the women’s under 57 kilogram category on the opening day of the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games judo competition in Seoul.

Seo got the better of Ukraine’s Inna Cherniak in the final having beaten Russia’s Zeynab Gaurgashvili in the last four.

Gaurgashvili proceeded to miss out on a bronze medal, losing to Azerbaijan’s Afag Sultanova, while Japan’s Junko Miwa suffered the same fate at the hands of Brazil’s Lucia Araujo.  

Hayeong Park came close to making it two gold medals for South Korea, but was defeated by Ukraine’s Svitlana Chepurina in the women’s under 70kg class final.

Brazil’s Alana Martins beat Mexico’s Lenia Ruvalcaba Alivarez in the first bronze medal match before Hungary’s Nikolett Szabo triumphed over Russia’s Tatiana Savostyanova.

The men’s under 60kg category saw Algeria’s Mouloud Noura overcome Japan’s Takaaki Hirai in the final, while Japan’s Makoto Hirose and Kazakhstan’s Anuar Sariyev secured the bronze medals after beating Azerbaijan’s Ramin Ibrahimov and Algeria’s Mohamed Kamel Bellabas respectively.

Uzbekistan’s Utkirjon Nigmatov came out on top in the men’s under 66kg class at the expense of Mongolia’s Munkhbat Aajim, and the pair were joined on the podium by Davyd Khorava of Ukraine and Jong Seok Park of South Korea who outdid Russia’s Viktor Rudenko and Algeria’s Sid Ali Lamri in the bronze medal encounters.

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