Obid Dzhebov won home gold for Tajikistan in Dushanbe ©IJF

Obid Dzhebov was a home hero for Tajikistan on day one of the inaugural International Judo Federation Dushanbe Grand Prix.

The world number 109 claimed his first victory at this level with gold in the men's under-66 kilograms division at the Kasri Tennis Arena.

He defeated Russia's Murad Chopanov - competing as a neutral - when the 2021 Kazan Grand Slam champion collected a third shido penalty in a lengthy golden score period.

Yashar Najafov of Azerbaijan and Sunggat Zhubatkan of Kazakhstan won bronze medals.

In the women's under-48kg, Slovenia's Marusa Stangar made it back-to-back golds after her success at the IJF Upper Austria Grand Prix in Linz last week.

The Slovenian pulled off a tate-shiho-gatame for ippon against Russian neutral Sabina Giliazova in the final.

Narantsetseg Ganbaatar of Mongolia and Andrea Stojadinov of Serbia collected bronze medals.

Marusa Stangar won her second Grand Prix gold medal in a row ©IJF
Marusa Stangar won her second Grand Prix gold medal in a row ©IJF

In the men's under-60kg, neutral Ramazan Abdulaev claimed gold with an ippon over number one seed Turan Bayramov of Azerbaijan.

France's Olympic medallist Luka Mkheidze had to settle for one of the bronze medals alongside Mehrzod Sufiev of Tajikistan.

The women's under-52kg winner was neutral Alesya Kuznetsova who pulled off an armlock ippon in golden score against Azerbaijan's Gultaj Mammadaliyeva.

Khorloodoi Bishrelt of the United Arab Emirates and Yeqing Zhu of China took home bronze. 

In the women's under-57kg, Uzbekistan's Shukurjon Aminova cried tears of joy after taking gold.

Aminova triumphed after Italy's Thauany David Capanni Dias received a third shido in golden score.

Bronze medals went to Veronica Toniolo of Italy and Qi Cai of China. 

Action continues in Dushanbe tomorrow.