Giles leads the way at Antalya Grand Prix in Turkey

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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

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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