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Chelsie Giles led the way for GB Judo at the Antalya Grand Prix in Turkey, claiming a magnificent silver medal after a dramatic gold medal fight with World number 5 Distria Krasniqi.
After negotiating the first two rounds extremely well, Coventry based Giles defeated number 19 in the world, Betina Temelkova in the semi-finals, by virtue of a golden score. The GB fighter securing a vital waza-ari score to set up the Gold medal contest against Kosovo’s Krasniqi.
"I feel this will give me more confidence going forward at senior level ranking events" - Chelsie Giles
Krasniqi had been in dominant form throughout the tournament but Giles proved to be a more than worthy opponent. She was caught at the mid-way stage by a waza-ari and was left chasing the contest. Giles did launch a late final attack but was caught by seoi-nage from Krasniqi to wrap things up.
On her first Grand Prix medal, Giles said:
“I am really happy to win my first Grand Prix medal beating two players in the World’s Top 20. I feel this will give me more confidence going forward at senior level ranking events.” (quote source British Judo https://www.britishjudo.org.uk/chelsie-giles-wins-silver-on-first-day-of-antalya-grand-prix/)
Further medals were secured for GB by Sally Conway, who took bronze after overcoming Szabina Gerscak in the bronze medal match and Natalie Powell. Powell claiming a further bronze by beating Russia’s Alexandrea Gimaletdinova to take the GB total to three.
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