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Juul Franssen shows Olympic ambitions with Grand Slam gold

29 Oct 2016 17:10

Dutch judoka Juul Franssen won the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam with a victory over Austrian European Championships silver medallist Kathrin Unterwurzacher in the U63kg final. Paris Grand Slam silver medallist and World Judo Masters silver medallist Franssen will now break into the top 10 on the world ranking list as she tied up Unterwurzacher in osaekomi for 20 seconds to win her maiden gold medal on the Grand Slam stage. Read more


Francisco Garrigos makes golden start in Abu Dhabi

28 Oct 2016 19:10

Spanish Former Junior world champion Francisco Garrigos put in an inspired performance as the 21-year-old won all three of his contests to win his first Grand Slam gold medal. Garrigos, who won the Junior World Championships in 2014, lost in round three here a year ago and showed the degree to which he has improved in the last 12 months by beating Havana Grand Prix winner Eric Takabatake (BRA) in the final. Read more


Helene Receveaux makes flying start to Olympic cycle

28 Oct 2016 18:35

French Helene Receveaux convincingly defeated Madrid European Open bronze medallist Theresa Stoll of Germany to win U57kg gold and made a flying start to the new Olympic cycle and her quest for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Read more


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


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


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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