Aaron Wolf continued his rise up the rankings with victory today in Tashkent ©IJF

Japan claimed double gold in the two heaviest male categories on the final day of the International Judo Federation (IJF) World Tour event in Tashkent as judoka from Britain, Germany and South Korea also enjoyed victories.

Teenage star Aaron Wolf continued his unbeaten form on the World Tour stage after overcoming surprise finalist Grand Prix finalist Zlatko Kumric of Croatia, who had knocked-out Tour debutant Niiaz Bilalov of Russia in the semi-final.

Wolf, the 19-year-old Tokai University member whose parents are of European origin, was a step-up in class however, forcing his under 100 kilograms opponent to concede four shidos and a hansoku-make.

Bilalov fought back to take one of the two bronze medals, while the other was won by Soyib Kurbonov.   

Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix winner Kenta Nishigata then won his second heavyweight over 100kg Grand Prix title by overcoming the defending Tashkent Grand Prix winner Temuulen Battulga of Mongolia.

In the final fight of the competition in the Uzbek capital, shido penalties were the difference between the two once again as the Mongolian was penalised three times in comparison with just once for the victor.

Austria's Daniel Allerstorfer and Germany's Andre Breitbarth secured the two bronze medals..

There was more European success in the women's under 78kg competition as Britain's Natalie Powell earned her 13th career Grand Prix medal after coming from behind to beat French rival Madelaine Malonga. 

Natalie Powell (second left) won gold for Britain as team-mate Gemma Gibbons (right) took bronze ©IJF
Natalie Powell (second left) won gold for Britain as team-mate Gemma Gibbons (right) took bronze ©IJF

The Welsh Commonwealth Games champion produced a waza-ari to draw level before wrapping up a superb turnaround by holding down her opponent for 15 seconds and the gold medal.     

Team-mate Gemma Gibbons, the London 2012 Olympic silver medallist, secured another British podium presence by sharing bronze with Sol Kyong of North Korea.                                                                                       

There was more European success as Germany's Marc Odenthal beat Tajikistan's Komronshokh Ustopiriyon to the men's under 90kg ttle, while Sherali Juraev of Uzbekistan and Mihael Zgank of Slovenia shared bronze.

But Asia was back on top in the women's heavyweight over 78kg event, as South Korea's world number 13 Kim Minjeong beat China's top two stars in world number Yu Song and Ma Sisi to claim gold. 

After losing in the semi-final, Song did bounce back to claim bronze along with Kayra Sayit of Turkey.

Japan finished top of the medal table with four gold medals ahead of South Korea who topped the podium on three occasions while the remaining seven gold medals were won by seven different countries.

Judo’s elite will next descend on France for the Paris Grand Slam from October 17 to 18.

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