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Tina Trstenjak reigns at Grand Prix Zagreb

27 Jul 2019 19:05

Olympic champion Tina Trstenjak of Slovenia won her first IJF gold medal since January 2018 as she thwarted Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Nami Nabekura (JPN) in golden score of the Grand Prix in Zagreb. Trstenjak won after one minute of added time after the Japanese judoka was guilty of a bear hug and picked up her third and final shido. Read more

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Croatian favourite Barbara Matic in tough poule U70kg

27 Jul 2019 07:00

The women’s U70kg will be a juicy category to follow on Saturday. Austrian Michaela Polleres is the number one seed but there’s so much more to gain looking into the details. Polleres is in the same poule with Croatia’s favourite Barbara Matic. Matic though will first have to pass Korean Jeong Hye Jin in the First Round of Pool A. Read more

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Ai Tsunoda impresses again with double European title U70kg

26 Jul 2019 21:45

At the third day of the Judo Tournament at the European Youth Olympic Festival, five categories in the individual tournament took place and the French young men were strong in the categories U81kg and U90kg. Read more

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Jessica Klimkait grabs first Grand Prix gold

26 Jul 2019 20:50

For the third consecutive Grand Prix this year Canadian Jessica Klimkait pocketed a medal. Bronze in Hohhot, silver on home ground in Canada and the gold medal in Zagreb, her first Grand Prix gold among her twelve World Tour medals. In the final Klimkait Momo Tamaoki of Japan who was disqualified due to a forbidden and risky throw on the wrist of Klimkait. Read more

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Spanish Martin Gaitero surprises Paris winner Vieru

26 Jul 2019 19:25

Spaniard Alberto Gaitero Martin won his first IJF gold medal in style as he bested Paris Grand Slam winner Denis Vieru (MDA) with a sumptuous ippon-seoi-nage. Gaitero Martin, who won their previous meeting at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam last year, was victorious once again as he upset the Moldovan who was unsuccessful in his bid for a fourth IJF title in 2019. Read more

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Natsumi Tsunoda stays undefeated on Grand Prix stage

26 Jul 2019 18:35

Former world silver medallist Tsunoda Natsumi (JPN) edged past Asian Games silver medallist Park Da Sol (KOR) by a single waza-ari score to win her second Grand Prix gold medal. Tsunoda, who is behind world champion Abe Uta and world silver medallist Shishime Ai in the race for Tokyo 2020, produced a professional performance to take a key win to remain in the frame for her country having been overlooked for a place at the World Championships next month. Read more

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Sharafuddin Lutfillaev prevails against impressive McKenzie

26 Jul 2019 18:05

Sharafuddin Lutfillaev (UZB) rescued the U60kg final in Zagreb in the closing seconds after Ashley Mckenzie (GBR) was given his marching orders for his third shido. Londoner Mckenzie, who is closing in on a place at his third consecutive Olympics, was on the verge of his first IJF gold medal Read more