Japan's Sanshiro Murao got his Olympic preparations back on track with a gold medal at judo's Antalya Grand Slam on Sunday.

The 23-year-old, who is set to make his Olympic debut this summer in the men's 90-kilogram division, was looking to bounce back in Turkey after exiting February's Paris Grand Slam in a first-round upset.

Japan's Sanshiro Murao (L) battles Azerbaijan's Vugar Talibov in the men's 90-kilogram final at judo's Antalya Grand Slam in Antalya, Turkey, on March 31, 2024. (Kyodo)

He scored an impressive ippon victory over former world champion and Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Davlat Bobonov of Uzbekistan in the semifinal to set up a title match with Azerbaijan's Vugar Talibov.

Despite conceding an early point, Murao stayed on the attack throughout the final at Antalya Sports Hall and defeated his opponent with consecutive waza-ari.

Reflecting on his disappointing performance in Paris, Murao said he needed to correct his approach after "naively expecting to win."

"It's been a tough two months since losing at the Paris Grand Slam but I got through it," he said. "I did what was needed and I got the result. This tournament is a building block toward the Paris Olympics."

Sanshiro Murao of Japan poses with his gold medal after winning the men's 90-kilogram competition at judo's Antalya Grand Slam in Antalya, Turkey, on March 31, 2024. (Kyodo)

In other action from the final day in Antalya, Japan's Tatsuru Saito lost a closely fought men's over-100-kg final to France's 11-time world champion Teddy Riner.

In the men's 100-kg division, Japan's Tokyo Olympic champion Aaron Wolf won bronze after advancing through the repechage.

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