2022 Portugal GP: Day 1

Women’s -48kg: Catarina Costa (POR)
The final was won in Golden Score with Catarina Costa executing a slick de-ashi-barai against Lee Hyekyeong for waza-ari.

Final Results
1. COSTA Catarina (POR)
2. LEE Hyekyeong (KOR)
3. BERES Lea (FRA)
3. VIEU Melanie (FRA)

-52kg: Distria Krasniqi (KOS)
Distria Krasniqi had a bit of shock in the semi-final when home favorite Joana Diogo (POR) scored against her in the opening seconds with osoto-gaeshi for waza-ari. Krasniqi equalized with ouchi-gari then won with osoto-gari. She went on to win the gold, throwing Ana Viktorija Puljiz (CRO) with a massive osoto-gari for ippon.

Final Results
1. KRASNIQI Distria (KOS)
2. PULJIZ Ana Viktorija (CRO)
3. KOCHER Fabienne (SUI)
3. DIOGO Joana (POR)

Women’s -57kg: Rafaela Silva (BRA)
Absent from the circuit for some time due to a failed drug test, World and Olympic Champion Rafaela Silva made a successful comeback at the Portugal Grand Prix. In the final, her experienced showed as she launched Dutch rising star, Pleuni Cornelisse, with a massive hip throw for ippon.

Final Results
1. SILVA Rafaela (BRA)
3. PARK Eunsong (KOR)

Men’s -60kg: Harim Lee (KOR)
Balabay Aghayev (AZE) is not a household name yet but he was the 2021 Paris Grand Slam winner. Still, he was no match for Lee Harim, who threw him twice with morote-seoi-nage for waza-ari-awsete-ippon.

Final Results
1. LEE Harim (KOR)
2. AGHAYEV Balabay (AZE)
3. BYAMBAJAV Tsogt-Ochir (MGL)

Men’s -66kg: Denis Vieru (MDA)
Former World Champion An Baul (KOR) was the top favorite but in the semifinal, he was unexpectedly pinned by Freddy Waizenegger (SUI), a relative unknown, who had used a turnover made famous by Japan’s Kaori Matsumoto. Denis Vieru, however, was a bridge too far for the Swiss player, who succumbed to Vieru’s kosoto and tai-otoshi for waza-ari-awasete-ippon. And with that, Vieru won the gold.

Final Results
1. VIERU Denis (MDA)
3. IADOV Bogdan (UKR)
3. AN Baul (KOR)