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Michael Korrel is king in Baku as Azeri Elmar Gasimov falls flat

12 Mar 2017 15:30

Dutchman Michael Korrel of the Netherlands is on a roll in 2017 having matured into being a consistent international performer for his country. Korrel, 23, controlled the contest against Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist Elmar Gasimov of Azerbaijan but golden score was still required to separate the two. Read more

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Steenhuis validates number one status in the Netherlands

12 Mar 2017 14:30

Dutch Guusje Steenhuis showed that she is the present and future for the Netherlands at U78kg as she tamed Rio 2016 pick Marhinde Verkerk. Former world champion Verkerk, 31, who lost in her first contest at the Olympics in Brazil, was thrown with a osoto-makikomi for a waza-ari by the World Judo Masters bronze medallist and was then held down for 20 seconds. Read more

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Kazkah Bozbayev beats three Azeri on his way to first Grand Slam victory

12 Mar 2017 14:15

Islam Bozbayev of Kazakhstan won his first Grand Slam title at the expense of Almaty Grand Prix bronze medallist Mammadali Mehdiyev of Azerbaijan. World number 93 and Former Asian Championships bronze medallist Bozbayev faced his third Azerbaijan opponent of the day in the final and the result was the same on each occasion. Read more

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Youngster Rufat Ismayilov wins home gold for Azerbaijan

11 Mar 2017 16:05

Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Rufat Ismayilov (was the cream of the crop for the hosts as he achieved what household names Orujov, Safarov, and Heydarov tried so desperately but ultimately failed to accomplish in winning a home gold medal. Read more

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Glory for Odbayar Ganbaatar as Mongolia mounts fightback on day two

11 Mar 2017 15:10

World Judo Masters silver medallist Ganbaatar Odbayar of Mongolia captured Grand Slam gold for the first time as he bested double world champion and London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Nakaya Riki of Japan Read more

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Colombian Yuri Alvear takes new title in Azerbaijan

11 Mar 2017 14:50

Triple world champion and double Olympic medallist Yuri Alvear of Colombia topped the podium in Baku as she started her year with a new accolade. Colombia’s greatest athlete made it five wins from five contests against 20-year-old Paris Grand Slam medallist Elvismar Rodriguez coming out for the IJF, who was quickly defeated in the final. Read more

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Alice Schlesinger retains her Baku title on first start of 2017

11 Mar 2017 14:30

British Alice Schlesinger defended her 2016 Baku title with a mature performance against Tunis African Open silver medallist Andreja Leski (SLO). The modest Briton, who was making her post-Olympic return to competition, saw off world number 63 Leski on the ground as World number 12 Schlesinger trapped the body of her opponent and from there worked the arm-lock until the 20-year-old Slovenian had to submit. Read more

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