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Dutch delight Michael Korrel for king

14 Dec 2019 16:25

World bronze medallist Michael Korrel of the Netherlands produced the performance of his career to beat former world champion Wolf Aaron (JPN) with a thunderous ippon after 27 seconds of golden score to claim his first Masters title. World number four Korrel threw his rival with a devastating seoi-nage to earn all the plaudits in one of the sport’s toughest and most talent-laden categories as he screamed with delight before making eye contact with the matside photographer. Read more

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Lasha Bekauri upstages set of world champions

14 Dec 2019 16:00

Junior World Championships gold medallist Lasha Bekauri of Georgia starred on the final day of the IJF season as he defeated world number one Nikoloz Sherazadishvili (ESP) in golden score. Georgian-born Spaniard Sherazadishvili appeared to be shaping up for sutemi-waza and lost his balance while Bekauri had control and the 19-year-old directed his opponent backwards for ippon and a remarkable victory. Read more

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Tessie Savelkouls saves her best until last in 2019

14 Dec 2019 15:35

World number 25 Tessie Savelkouls of the Netherlands won her first IJF title of the year at the final event of the season as the Dutchwoman won her country’s third gold medal in Qingdao. Former world bronze medallist Iryna Kindzerska (AZE) was outworked for the full four minutes of regulation time and was caught after 25 seconds of added time from a rolling seoi-nage for a waza-ari score. Read more

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Audrey Posvite powers gold in Qingdao

14 Dec 2019 15:25

Fanny Estelle Posvite of France earned the best result of her career in her new home of -78kg with an irresistible display. Posvite, who only moved up from -70kg to -78kg in March, now has eight medals from nine events at -78kg and defeated former world champion Audrey Tcheumeo (FRA) to seal her first Masters title today. Read more

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Hisayoshi Harasawa knocks on the door for Olympic gold

14 Dec 2019 15:10

Olympic silver medallist Harasawa Hisayoshi (JPN) was crowned the World Judo Masters heavyweight champion after the eagerly-awaited +100kg final could not take place because Olympic and world champion Lukas Krpalek (CZE) was ruled out due to back pain. Harasawa is seen as Japan’s leading heavyweight and the current front-runner for the Tokyo berth but April’s All Japan Openweight Championships will have a bearing on the selection for next summer. Read more

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Matthias Casse closes best year ever with gold

13 Dec 2019 13:50

World silver medallist Matthias Casse of Belgium won World Judo Masters gold after an impressive day in Qingdao. The 22-year-old became his country’s first Masters winner after a rematch of the World Championships final was not to be today with world champion Sagi Muki (ISR) picking up a rib injury during his semi-final. Read more

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Kim Polling captures fourth Masters title

13 Dec 2019 13:10

Dutch woman Kim Polling was at her explosive best as she defeated Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist Sanne Van Dijke (NED) to win the -70kg final. World number 12 Polling beat world number three Van Dijke by two scores without reply to maintain her rich vein of form at the end of 2019 after gracing three finals in a row on the IJF circuit. Read more

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