News

The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com

Overlooked Joshiro Maruyama upstages Japanese prodigy Abe Hifumi

23 Nov 2018 14:10

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    ejudo
20181123_ejudo_podium66

Maruyama Joshiro of Japan stole the show in the U66kg category as he outshone two-time and reigning world champion Abe Hifumi (JPN). Maruyama defeated the seven-time Grand Slam winner in the last contest on day one in Osaka with a yoko-tomoe-nage effort catching Abe off guard after 63 seconds of golden score.

Maruyama, who is the younger brother of U81kg international judoka Maruyama Goki, learnt that specialist technique from 1984 Olympic champion and 1985 world Champion Hosokawa Shinji who nodded with approval at the end of the contest.

"I could tell all the fans were cheering for Abe and that really motivated me, I was determined to win today and I’m very happy,” said the -66kg gold medallist.

In the first semi-final Yondonperenlei Baskhuu (MGL) was on the receiving end of a terrific ippon from Abe who dismissed the Mongolian in style. In the second semi-final Maruyama defeated Tunis Grand Prix silver medallist Fujisaka Taroh (JPN) in a scoreless contest when the latter received his third shido for passivity in golden score.

The first bronze medal was won by Cancun Grand Prix winner Aram Grigoryan (RUS) who threw Fujisaka with te-waza after successive attacks. Grand Slam newcomer Fujisaka had to settle for fifth-place as Russia made their presence felt in the -66kg category.

The second bronze medal went to Yondonperenlei who beat former Ekaterinburg Grand Slam bronze medallist Islam Khametov (RUS) with a o-soto-gari with 39 seconds left on the clock which earned the Mongolian’s second waza-ari to win his country’s second medal in Osaka

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Joshiro Maruyama (JPN) - Grand Slam Osaka (2018, JPN) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Joshiro Maruyama (JPN) - Grand Slam Paris (2018, FRA) - © Christian Fidler
  • Hifumi Abe (JPN) - Grand Slam Osaka (2018, JPN) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News

20190826_tokyo_ijf_66_final_gs_maruyama_joshiro

Joshiro Maruyama takes the lead with World gold U66kg

26 Aug 2019 16:25

Today’s semi final could have been the final with HIfumi Abe and Joshiro Maruyama who battled not just for the final spot but for much more, it was a statement who earns a place at the Olympic Games next year. Abe was close but it was Maruyama who suddenly scored and qualified for the final where the gold was reserved for Japan. Read more

20190524_hohhot_ijf_cgs_66_kim_limhwan_grigoryan_aram_rus52

Kim Lim-Hwan grabs second Grand Prix title

24 May 2019 15:35

Düsseldorf Grand Slam silver medallist Kim Lim-Hwan of Korea beat Aram Grigoryan (RUS) in golden score to send his country top of the medal table. Osaka Grand Slam bronze medallist Grigoryan was penalised for passivity in added time which was his third offence and the Russian had to settle for silver as world number 41 Kim claimed his second IJF win and first since 2016. Read more

20190510_baku_gs_66_final_denis_vieru_2

Victorious Denis Vieru steals the show in Baku

10 May 2019 22:50

Paris Grand Slam winner Denis Vieru of Moldova won his second Grand Slam title of the season as he defeated Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Nijat Shikhalizada (AZE). Vieru, 23, planted the veteran Azeri, 31, for ippon to propel himself even higher on the World Ranking List next week. Shikhalizada had to settle for silver while Moldova’s golden man won his third IJF event of the season from four outings. Read more

20171117_thehague_hve_241a5715

Kosova celebrates two golden girls at The Hague Grand Prix

17 Nov 2017 19:50

Two women from Kosovo with a 100% score. What a performance of the women of Driton Kuka at the first day of the Grand Prix in The Hague. Also a super team performance by Mongolia that captured four medals at the opening day. Read more

20171117_thehague_hve_baskhuu_yondonperenlei_mgl_241a5680

Unconventional but highly-effective Yondonperenlei is off the mark for Mongolia

17 Nov 2017 19:30

Hohhot Grand Prix bronze medallist Yondonperenlei Baskhuu of Mongolia utilised the full trickery of his unorthodox style to outwit a stellar field in the U66kg category. World number 73 Yondonperenlei now has two medals from his two Grand Prix in this weight category after dispatching Hohhot Grand Prix winner Yakub Shamilov (RUS) by ippon. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Tokyo1 Sep
1Tokyo27 Aug
1Fukuoka7 Apr
1Düsseldorf22 Feb
1Osaka2018
Result City Date
3Brasilia7 Oct
1Tokyo1 Sep
1Montreal5 Jul
2Fukuoka7 Apr
1Paris9 Feb

Partners

First description Second description Third description Four description