The tournament saw some surprises as several world and Olympic champions went down to defeat early on in the competition. Among those who departed without medaling was two-time world champion and Olympic bronze medalist Daria Bilodid of Ukraine. Bilodid was obviously facing a difficult situation having left her war torn country to train in Spain for the event and was also attempting to move up in weight. But Bogdan Iadov provided a bright spot for Ukrainian judo fans managing to capture the men's 66 kg division in the feel good story of the tournament.
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