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Dennis van der Geest: The Judo Day Of My Life

31 May 2020 09:30

On a blistering day in Cairo in September 2005, Dutch Heavyweight Dennis van der Geest, became Openweight World Champion, beating Tamerlan Tmenov of Russia in the Final. The year before, he had taken Bronze at the Athens Olympics. Read more

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Manuel Lombardo: The Judo Day Of My Life

30 May 2020 09:05

This picture was taken back in January 2014, at the excellent Lignano Sabbiadoro Winter Camp in Italy. In the picture Olympic Champion from London 2012, Mansur Isaev, has some words of encouragement for (just turned) 15 year old Manuel Lombardo, as Christian Parlati looks on, both youngsters transfixed. Read more

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Judo in the time of Covid-19: Sugoi Uriarte

29 May 2020 10:30

Sugoi Uriarte has always been a world player. The Spaniard is now a coach. As a judoka Sugoi won silver U66kg at the World Championships in 2009 in Rotterdam and he was in the bronze final at the Olympics in London in 2012. He did take gold at the European Championships in 2010 in Vienna. Sugoi is well-known for his international contacts, his invitations to many athletes around the globe to come to Valencia. Clearly his life is judo and Oon Yeoh of JudoCrazy asked him lots more. Read more

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Canadian Judo queen Christa Deguchi agrees with postponement

28 May 2020 10:00

World Champion and Paris winner Christa Deguchi is facing the coronacrisis from her home in Japan. The Canadian judoka had a good pre-season but was interrupted by the crisis. Read more

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The Ambition of Ryoko Tani: at least a gold medal

27 May 2020 13:20

In every day and age, there are people who pioneer uncharted territory. They are often referred to as trailblazers. In this series, we look back on athletes who led the way for Japan and delivered unprecedented success for the nation. In the fifth part of this series, we focus on judoka Tani Ryoko (nee Tamura), who fought in five consecutive Olympic Games from Barcelona 1992, winning medals at all in the women’s 48kg. Read more

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Judo in the time of Covid-19: Sergio Oliveira

27 May 2020 08:35

Brazilian judoka Sergio Oliveira had his career from 1989 until 2001 and won lots of World Cup medals in his category U71kg and U73kg. The triple Panam Champion moved to Germany years ago as a coach and is very active nowadays producing online videos. JudoCRazy’s Oon Yeoh is from the same generation and asked him about his corona strategies. Read more

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Rok Draksic head coach of Finland

26 May 2020 10:30

Slovenian Rok Draksic is the new head coach of the Finnish Judo Association. The Slovenian former number one in the world ranking list, six-time European medallist Rok Draksic is looking forward to his new job: “My goal is to bring Finnish judokas“ back to the game ”. Read more

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