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Brazilians dominate at Pan American Open in Santiago

18 Mar 2017 23:50

Brazil is the big winner after the first day of fighting at the Pan American Open in Santiago de Chile. The Brazilian team captured five out of the seven titles. Exceptions on the Brazilian domination were Gimena Laffeuillade of Argentina who took the title U57kg and Antoine Bouchard of Canada who defeated Brazilian Charles Chibana in an expected final. Read more

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Maria Pekli appointed technical director of Australian Judo Federation

16 Mar 2017 12:30

The Judo Federation of Australia appointed five-time Olympian Maria Pekli into a full time Technical Director role. Pekli, who won Bronze at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, was acknowledged for her world-class performances when she was inducted into the International Judo Federation’s Hall of Fame in 2015. Read more

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Policy shift aligns Japan with international standard on black belts

14 Mar 2017 09:10

Female judoka in Japan are finally on an equal footing with their male counterparts, able to don the same black belt, the All Japan Judo Federation ruled on Monday. The federation’s executive board agreed to abolish black belts with white stripes that have differentiated female competitors from males in its competitions held inside Japan. Both women and men will be donning black belts without the stripes from now on in domestic tournaments. Read more

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Italian team superior at European Cup in Uster-Zurich

13 Mar 2017 11:55

The Italian team dominated the European Cup for Seniors in Uster. With five titles in the women’s division and eight total gold medals the Italians topped the medal tally in Switzerland. Unfortunately, the field was extremely weak and this edition had record low participation numbers. The Italians had by far the biggest team in Switzerland (51 judoka), a stake of 22% of all participants, and 27% of the medals, and 50% of all gold medals. Read more

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Croatia proud of record and gold of Helena Vukovic

13 Mar 2017 09:55

The group of cadets from Hungary was the most outstanding team at the European Cup for Cadets in Zagreb. The Croatian capital city hosted the fourth European Cup of the season, during which World Ranking number one Helena Vukovic cherished her third victory. The heavyweight defeated Marit Kamps (NED) in the final and captured her third consecutive gold in this age class. Vukovic was previously victorious in Follonica and Fuengirola. Read more

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Deguchi chooses Canada, aims for Tokyo Olympics

13 Mar 2017 08:40

Christa Deguchi, 2014 World Junior Championship runner-up from Japan and 2013 bronze medallist, is going to fight for Canada. The 21-year old Deguchi will be aiming for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Read more

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Tushishvili topples heavyweight powerhouses to triumph with ippon judo

12 Mar 2017 16:30

Georgian Guram Tushishvili made light work of a high calibre heavyweight field as he collected his first IJF World Judo Tour medal in sensational fashion. The 22-year-old Junior European champion, who weighed in at 107kg, opposed Düsseldorf Grand Prix bronze medallist Bor Barna (HUN) in the final and made it four wins by ippon from four contests. Read more

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