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Olympic champion Krpalek bounces back from Worlds disappointment

15 Oct 2018 10:10

Czech Judo star Lukas Krpalek won his third Grand Prix gold medal as he responded to his fifth-place finish at the World Championships with a clinical showing in Mexico. World number two Krpalek defeated former U90kg judoka and Antalya Grand Prix bronze medallist Andy Granda (CUB) in the last contest of the Cancun Grand Prix. Read more

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Russia’s Niiaz Bilalov produces perfect outing for first Grand Prix gold medal

15 Oct 2018 10:05

Niiaz Bilalov of Russia won all four of his contests by ippon to win his first Grand Prix title. The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner from Russia defeated Ekaterinburg Grand Slam bronze medallist Laurin Boehler (AUT) after 44 seconds of golden score with a ko-uchi-gake which earned ippon. Read more

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Cuba’s Silva Morales shows his class to capture second Grand Prix title

15 Oct 2018 10:00

Ivan Felipe Silva Morales struck for Cuba as he beat former Tashkent Grand Prix winner Marc Odenthal (GER) in the U90kg final. World silver medallist Silva Morales was coming off the back of the best result of his career in Azerbaijan and was full of confidence as he topped the podium in Cancun. Read more

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Cuban legend Ortiz wins fifth Grand Prix title

15 Oct 2018 09:55

World silver medallist Idalys Ortiz of Cuba defeated double world silver medallist Maria Suelen Altheman (BRA) for the 14th time in her career to win her fifth Grand Prix gold medal. The Cuban legend, who has won all three colours of Olympic medals available, is already a leading contender for Tokyo 2020 and was unbeatable in Mexico on Sunday. Read more

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Rika Takayama gives Japan a 100% success rate in Cancun

15 Oct 2018 09:40

Takayama Rika of Japan defeated double Olympic bronze medallist Mayra Aguiar (BRA) to win her second Grand Prix title. World number 18 and Two-time Grand Slam winner Takayama, who won the 2016 Qingdao Grand Prix, is behind judoka such as world champion Hamada Shori (JPN), former world champion Umeki Mami (JPN) and Asian Games winner Sato Ruika (JPN) who is undefeated this year. Read more

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Michaela Polleres completes Austrian double on day two

14 Oct 2018 08:10

Michaela Polleres defeated Warsaw European Open bronze medallist Gabriella Willems (BEL) to win her first IJF World Judo Tour title in Mexico. Austria won U63kg and U70kg gold as both of the women’s weight categories contested on the second day belonged to the in-form European nation. Read more

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Austrian Magdalena Krssakova takes gold at Cancun Grand Prix

14 Oct 2018 08:00

Austrian Magdalena Krssakova completed her Grand Prix hat-trick with victory on day two in Mexico. Former Tyumen Grand Slam gold medallist Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (CAN) took silver as Krssakova won her third Grand Prix gold and the most important title of her career. Read more

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