By Karen Price | Oct. 07, 2017, 10:50 a.m. (ET)
Hannah Martin (L) competes against Andreja Leski of Slovakia in the women's 63 kg. quarterfinals at the Tashkent Grand Prix on Oct. 7, 2016 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

 

Judoka Hannah Martin won the silver medal in the women’s 63 kg. division Saturday at the Tashkent Grand Prix in Uzbekistan to give the U.S. its first medal at the tournament. 

Martin took on Austria’s Kathrin Unterwurzacher, ranked third in the world in the 63 kg. weight class, in the gold-medal match after defeating Turkey’s Busra Katipoglu in the semifinal. 

Martin’s other highlights of 2017 so far include a bronze medal at the Pan American Senior Championships, a silver medal at the Santiago Pan American Open and gold medals at the Buenos Aires Pan American Open and the Saarbrucken European Cup. The 29-year-old from Burnt Hills, New York, also qualified to compete at her fourth world championships.

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Martin, ranked first in the U.S. and 36th in the world in her weight class, will spend the month of November training and preparing for one of the top tournaments in the sport, the Tokyo Grand Slam, in December. 

Joshua Paltielov will compete for the U.S. on Sunday in the men’s +100 kg. weight class. The 19-year-old won gold at the U.S. national junior Olympics earlier this year in Spokane, Washington, and was third at the U.S. championships.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.