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Astride Gneto marks best career performance in Abu Dhabi

28 Oct 2016 18:25

2015 Junior European Champion Astride Gneto of France is taking the U52kg mantle from her older sister and London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Priscilla Gneto after striking Abu Dhabi Grand Slam gold on Friday. Read more

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Russian Yakub Shamilov impresses with Grand Slam gold

28 Oct 2016 18:10

Russian Yakub Shamilov won his first Grand Slam gold medal as he triumphed in a category which featured former Olympic and world medallists. The Russian’s adversary in the final was one such judoka as former world silver medallist Azamat Mukanov of Kazakhstan opposed him. Read more

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Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh wins her second Grand Slam for Kazakhstan

28 Oct 2016 18:05

Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh (KAZ) won her second Grand Slam gold medal with a fine display in the women’s lightest weight category. The 24-year-old judoka defeated Zagreb Grand Prix winner Milica Nikolic (SRB), who was a surprise finalist, to win U48kg gold and continue her rich vein of form. Read more

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Olympic medallist Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh delivers with gold in Abu Dhabi

28 Oct 2016 16:45

Olympic bronze medallist Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh performed well again and won her second gold medal at Grand Slam level, it makes her the best Kazakh judoka ever at this Grand Slam level. Read more

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Small but good field at first Grand Slam since Olympic Games

27 Oct 2016 16:10

The fourth Grand Slam of the season is due in Abu Dhabi starting on Friday. 157 Judoka from 34 countries have been linked in the draw which resulted in some tasty matches. Despite the low amount of participants, some of the finest athletes can be seen in the capital of the UAE. Special guest at the draw was Ilias Iliadis, while IJF Head Sports Director Vladimir Barta conducted the draw. Read more

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Ilias Iliadis among the guests in Abu Dhabi

27 Oct 2016 16:05

The IJF World Judo Tour has stopped in Croatia (Zagreb Grand Prix) and Uzbekistan (Tashkent Grand Prix) following the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and has now arrived in Abu Dhabi for the penultimate Grand Slam of the year. Grand Slams have been held in Paris (France), Baku (Azerbaijan) and Tyumen (Russia) already this year with the season set to finish in December with the fifth and final Grand Slam in Tokyo (Japan). Triple World Champion and 2004 Olympic Champion Ilias Iliadis watched the draw this time from another point of view and saw some good matches to look out for. Read more

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Great matches expected in Abu Dhabi in womens division

27 Oct 2016 15:55

The United Arab Emirates is the setting for the fourth IJF Grand Slam of the 2016 season from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 October and marks the return of a number of Rio 2016 Olympic medallists who will compete for the first time since Brazil. Read more

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