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Laura Martinez Abelenda youngest ever winner for Spain

10 May 2019 19:50

Spanish youngster Laura Martinez Abelenda defeated Marrakech Grand Prix winner Julia Figueroa (ESP) to strike gold on the IJF World Judo Tour for the first time. The youngster fought back tears after throwing her teammate and two-time Grand Slam winner Figueroa with a thunderous o-soto-gari for ippon in a time of 37 seconds. Read more

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Spanish lightweights inspired by competition in Baku

10 May 2019 14:40

At the first day of the Grand Slam in Baku the Spanish team battles for the gold in a surprising category U48kg. Although Julia Figueroa dominates the class for years, new kids on the block have arrived and this time Laura Martinez Abelenda reached the final where she will battle for gold against Figueroa. Abelenda who was always so close to a medal at various age levels, now breaks through the barriers with a victory over Catarina Costa of Portugal. Read more

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Baku Grand Slam biggest test for the worlds

9 May 2019 13:30

With 431 athletes from 56 nations the Grand Slam of Baku is another important test for the World Championships in Tokyo and Olympic qualifier for the Games in Tokyo next year. Gold at a Grand Slam comes with a colossal reward of 1000 World Ranking List points while silver offers 700 and bronze provides 500 points. Read more

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Majlinda Kelmendi ten years after her golden debut in judo

9 May 2019 09:40

The U52kg was always dominated by Asian athletes. Since the 2004 Athens Olympic Games Asian women won the World and Olympic titles. Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosovo was the only exception two win three major titles. Kelmendi turned 28 and is working on a big comeback going for those big titles. Ten years at top level Majlinda Kelmendi catapulted sports in Kosovo. Read more

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Natalia Kuziutina turns 30, ten years of top judo

8 May 2019 09:50

Natalia Kuziutina turned 30 years today. The Russian frontrunner of women’s judo will try to win another European title in the occasion of the European Games in Minsk in June. Kuziutina defends her European title of Tel Aviv last year which was her fourth European prize. Read more

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IJF worried about venue looks at Tokyo games

8 May 2019 07:40

The International Judo Federation IJF voiced its worries about the presentation of the Judo venue at the Olympic Games during the summit of SportAccord this week in Gold Coast in Australia. The Eastern coast city hosts the worlds Sport Federations this week. Read more

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Kayla Harrison: "I'd beat Khabib in a judo match"

8 May 2019 07:25

When it comes to Judo players in MMA, there is no one better right now than PFL lightweight, Kayla Harrison. The undefeated 3-0 American Top Team product is a two-time Olympic gold medallist and her dominance has so far carried over to the MMA world with great effect. Read more

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