With less than 6 months to go until the Paris Olympic Games, Chelsie Giles claimed silver on the
opening day of the Paris Grand Slam.
Giles, who was competing for the first time since taking bronze at the European Championships in
November, entered the Paris Grand Slam seeded 3rd.
Giles had an opening-round bye before defeating Sofia Asvesta (CYP), Amber Ryheul (BEL) and
Sosorbaram Lkhagvasureb (MGL) to win her Pool and progress to the Semi-Finals.
Giles secured her place in the Final with a victory against Ariane Toro Soler (ESP) to face Tokyo
Olympic Champion, Distria Krasniqi (KOS).
There was little between the pair, who had met on four previous occasions, however, it was Krasniqi
who registered a waza-ari score in the final 90 seconds of the contest to take the lead. It was enough
to see her take the gold, meaning Giles had to settle for silver.
Silver for Giles was an improvement on her previous best result at the Paris Grand Slam when she
placed 5th in 2022