Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Australia’s new contender Kayhan Ozcicek-Takagi aims for historic title
24 Feb 2019 01:05
Former All Japan Championships winner and long-time Japan international Kayhan Ozcicek-Takagi (AUS) started his year with a historic medal for Australia at the season-opening Tel Aviv Grand Prix. Australia-born Ozcicek-Takagi, 28, a former Kodokan Cup and Asian Championships gold medallist.
Takagi became the first male Australian judoka to win an IJF World Judo Tour medal when he brushed aside Ramazan Malsuigenov (RUS) with his trademark o-soto-gari in Israel in January.
The next step for the Tokyo 2020 hope will be to end his country’s wait for a male victory on the major stage since the IJF World Judo Tour was founded in 2009. Ozcicek-Takagi has already impressed since his recent change of allegiance and with more competitions, more international training camps and more IJF medals to boost his ranking, and in turn to eventually offer a more favourable draw, IJF gold looks a realistic possibility and could come sooner than people expect.
The JRA company team member, who still resides in Tokyo, is now ranked number 69 in the world still has a long road ahead of him to qualify for the Olympics but can take another significant stride towards that goal when he competes on Sunday in the U100kg category.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
Tel Aviv Grand Prix silver medallist Benjamin Fletcher (IRL) clinched his country’s second Grand Prix gold medal with a hard-fought win over Openweight World Championships silver medallist Toma Nikiforov (BEL) in the U100kg final. Fletcher, who struck for Ireland at the Tunis Grand Prix last year, defeated the European champion after 52 seconds of golden score by countering an ambitious sasae attempt. Read more
Frenchman Alexandre Iddir won his second Grand Prix gold medal as he bested Antalya Grand Prix bronze medallist Benjamin Fletcher (IRL) in the U100kg final. Iddir scored a waza-ari from te-waza and firmly protected his advantage to provide France with their second gold medal in Tel Aviv. Also a great weekend for Ireland with brother and sister Fletcher catching a medal for their country. Read more
Former All Japan Championships winner Kaihan Takagi will make his IJF debut for Australia in Tel Aviv. The 28-year-old, who is now going by the name Kayhan Ozcicek-Takagi, enjoyed domestic success while part of the Japanese setup and a sprinkling of standout results in continental events. Read more
China captured four gold medals at the Hong Kong Open, and Japan and Korea both claimed two titles - maybe two-and-a-half as Kaihan Takagi won gold in his U100kg weight class. Takagi, born in Australia and previously representing Japan, now claims a gold medal for Australia. The heayvweight category featured some legendary names in the field. Read more
Former All Japan Champion Kaihan Takagi will make his debut at the Grand Slam in Osaka for Australia. Ozcicek-Takagi Kayhan is in the draw in a tough pool with Korean Won Jong-Hoon and then Dutchman Michael Korrel. It rarely happens than a Japanese fighter switches to another country. Christa Deguchi the most successful switcher and will now fight this Friday U57kg for Canada. Read more
Carl Björklund (SWE)