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Olympic medallist Ori Sasson chases former glory

23 Jan 2020 08:25

 Mark Pickering - IJF    JudoInside.com / judo news, results and photos
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Israel's towering heavyweight Or Sasson, 29, has been winning medals on the IJF stage for a decade. The Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist, who enjoyed a resurgent 2019 season which saw him Grand Prix and Grand Slam honours, starts his year at home and will be desperate to open his campaign with a repeat of his 2019 victory.

Sasson battled for consistency post-Olympics but appeared to solve that conundrum in 2019 as he admitted to focusing more on his own strengths and his favoured tactics rather than the advice offered by those around him.

The world number 11 ended the Tel Aviv Grand Prix on a high for the hosts a year ago by winning the last contest of the competition to capture heavyweight gold and sent the teeming Israeli faithful home happy. Sasson is tasked with the same mission this time around as he bids to launch his Tokyo 2020 medal pursuit on home soil.

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  • Or Sasson (ISR) - Grand Prix Budapest (2019, HUN) - © IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio, International Judo Federation
  • Or Sasson (ISR) - Grand Prix Tel Aviv (2019, ISR) - © Paco Lozano, Judo y Otros
  • Hisayoshi Harasawa (JPN), Rafael Silva (BRA), Or Sasson (ISR) - 2016 Olympic Games day 7 Judo O100 & O78kg (2016, BRA) - © David Finch, Judophotos.com

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