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World champion Naohisa Takato earns his eighth Grand Slam gold medal

2 Dec 2017 10:30

Two-time and reigning world champion Takato Naohisa won the U60kg title to celebrate an eighth Grand Slam gold medal and to extend his winning streak to 18 contests. Takato faced former world silver medallist Dashdavaa Amartuvshin (MGL) in the final and both judoka were tentative as they accumulated two shidos apiece in regulation time. Read more

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Olympic and world bronze medallist Ami Kondo strikes in Tokyo

2 Dec 2017 10:00

Olympic and world bronze medallist Kondo Ami started Japan’s gold medal rush by winning the first final on day one of the Tokyo Grand Slam 2017. Former world champion Kondo took advantage of a slip by her opponent and world number one Munkhbat Urantsetseg (MGL) as the Japanese trapped the Mongolian in osaekomi for 20 seconds in golden score to clinch the U48kg title. Read more

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World number one Aleksandar Kukolj aiming for title prolongation in Tokyo

1 Dec 2017 14:15

Korea is by far the most successful country winning the Grand Slam title in Tokyo for men. Korean men have captured 11 titles since the first Grand Slam in 2008. Kim SungMin was the most successful wining three editions. Wang Ki-Chun won twice. Still it’s not easy for foreigners to win in the home of judo. Only 16 foreign men won the Grand Slam on Tokyo. Last year Aleksandar Kukolj (SRB) and Kirill Denisov (RUS) were in form. Read more

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Foreign women facing trouble winning Grand Slam Tokyo

1 Dec 2017 13:55

Only 14 foreign women have ever won the Grand Slam in Tokyo. All other titles were captured by the female home judoka. Kayla Harrison and Urska Zolnir won the Grand Slam twice. Most successful country in France having four women that won the Grand Slam: Decosse, Agbegenou, Emane and Tcheumeo. Last year only Urantsetseg Munkhbat (MGL) and Kathrin Unterwurzacher (AUT) were able to win the precious title. Read more

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Eleven World Ranking leaders in the starting grid for Tokyo Grand Slam

1 Dec 2017 10:40

The Grand Slam in Tokyo will be looking forward to a clash between Olympic Champion Shohei Ono and World Champion Soichi Hashimoto in their category U73kg. Both stylists will likely only meet in the ideal final. The Grand Slam will host 61 nations including 417 athletes. Only the editions in 2014 and 2015 had more judoka. U73kg will have 46 judoka, only in 2015 there were more. Read more

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World Champion Aaron Wolf replaced for Grand Slam Tokyo

29 Nov 2017 11:55

A Strong Japanese team is expected to shine at the Grand Slam in Tokyo this weekend. Nonetheless in the latest moment to World Champions fell off the roster as current U100kg World Champion Aaron Wolf was replaced by Daiki Nishiyama in his new category. 2015 World Champion Ryunosuke Haga will be replaced by Yusuke Kumashiro, both U100kg. Hisayoshi Harasawa won’t compete +100kg as is replaced by Daiki Kamikawa. Read more

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French Flam91 European Club Champion for women in Wuppertal

26 Nov 2017 21:05

French women’s team FLAM’91 are the new European Club Champions. In Wuppertal the French bested the German team of MönchenGladbach. Strong women were gathered in Wuppertal and many athletes were hired to strengthen the teams. Read more

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