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Irina Zabludina armbars Rafaela Silva and claims first IJF gold since 2014

31 Mar 2017 19:10

The final of the day opposed the silver medallist of the 2013 World Championships, Erika Miranda of Brazil who had a tough match against Belgian Charline Van Snick, the 2012 Olympic Bronze medallist, even though Van Snick achieved her Olympic dream in the lower category as she just moved up to the upper weight division. Read more

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Amandine Buchard launches her version of kata-guruma for waza-ari

31 Mar 2017 18:35

In the final itself Miranda was opposed to the best French hope for the future, Amandine Buchard. The French was the best chance of medal for her delegation in Rio in -48kg but facing weight management problems, the 21-year-old, did not go to Rio. Being now in the U52kg category, she showed that she will be one of the main contenders in the coming years. Read more

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Lasha Giunashvili highlights his career with Tbilisi gold against Davaadorj

31 Mar 2017 18:30

The last final of the men’s categories opposed the third Georgian athlete of the day to fight for gold as Georgian Lasha Giunashvili faced Tumurkhuleg Davaadorj of Mongolia after having defeated Charles Chibana (BRA) in first the semi-final. On his side of the draw, Davaadorj eliminated Yakub Shamilov (RUS) to face the Georgian. Read more

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Golden Chkhvimiani takes gold on home soil

31 Mar 2017 17:50

Top seeded athlete and home judoka Amiran Papinashvili (GEO) was expected to be in the final by the whole public of the New Sports Arena and he did not disappoint his fans as the -60kg Georgian qualified for the last fight of the category with a win over Albert Oguzov (RUS). The final produced a 100% Georgian show as the second athlete qualified was Lukhumi Chkhvimiani, also from the host country. Read more

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Stefannie Arissa Koyama shines again with gold in Tbilisi

31 Mar 2017 17:30

After her brilliant and first victory at the Baku Grand Slam, a few weeks ago, Brazilian Stefannie Arissa Koyama again qualified for the final of the day and was opposed to Maryna Cherniak (UKR). The 21-year-old Brazilian still lives in her native Japan and reached her second final in a row on the occasion of an IJF World Judo Tour event, which is an achievement as a relative newcomer to the international stage. Read more

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Georgian success and surprising gold medals at Grand Prix Tbilisi

31 Mar 2017 17:25

Two Georgian men won the Grand Prix in Tbilisi today. Lukhumi Chkhvimiani surprised Amiran Papinashvili in the final U60kg and took the gold. Chkhvimiani was highly impressive with three ippons and two wazari matches. In fact another surprise U66kg was the victory for Lasha Giunashvili of Georgia against Mongolian former world number one Tumurkhuleg Davaadorj in the final U66kg. The Georgian cheered for new heroes and only a few top athletes from Georgia participated in its own event in Tbilisi. Read more

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Grand Prix Tbilisi starting with world and Olympic medallists

30 Mar 2017 17:45

This afternoon the official draw of the Tbilisi Grand Prix 2017 took place. During three days, 252 athletes representing 36 delegations will compete in the 14 weight divisions at the New Sports Palace . The IJF experts will focus on ‘progressive judo‘ and more time will be given for the athletes to build positive judo. ‘The rules will be applied strictly but fairly,” said Neil Adams, IJF refereeing supervisor, who is working together with his two other colleagues, Daniel Lascau and Alexander Jatskevich and with all the departments involved in the implementation of the new rules. Read more

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