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Frank de Wit rediscovers the taste of gold

30 Mar 2019 17:10

Former World number one Frank De Wit of the Netherlands won his country’s second gold medal of the day with a professional performance against number 108 Timo Cavelius (GER). De Wit went for broke in early exchanges before settling down and establishing his dominance as first-time IJF finalist Cavelius struggled to threaten the Dutch star. Read more

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Frenchman Guillaume Chaine finally takes Grand Prix gold

30 Mar 2019 16:35

World number 43 Guillaume Chaine of France was a worthy but unexpected winner of the -73kg title in Tbilisi as he edged past former Havana Grand Prix silver medallist Magdiel Estrada (CUB). Chaine won his first IJF World Judo Tour gold medal by scoring an o-uchi-gari after 29 seconds for a waza-ari and Estrada failed to impose himself in his first IJF final. Read more

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Victorious Sanne Vermeer gears up in Tbilisi

30 Mar 2019 14:55

Junior World Championships gold medallist Sanne Vermeer of the Netherlands earned her first senior IJF gold medal with a win over teammate and Dutch Marrakech Grand Prix bronze medallist Geke Van Den Berg (NED). Vermeer opened the scoring with a waza-ari and held down her international colleague for 10 seconds to wrap up gold in just 42 seconds. Read more

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Barbara Timo wins first gold medal for Portugal

30 Mar 2019 14:45

Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Barbara Timo of Portugal continued her fine form for Portugal as she defeated Olympic bronze medallist Laura Vargas Koch (GER) in golden score. Timo, who switched allegiance from Brazil to Portugal in January, outfought four-time Grand Prix winner Vargas Koch in golden score and the German judoka received her marching orders for her third shido. Read more

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Fifth Grand Prix success for Kosovo’s Nora Gjakova

29 Mar 2019 16:30

Nora Gjakova of Kosovo celebrated for fifth Grand Prix gold medal with a win against Olympic champion Rafaela Silva (BRA) in the U57kg final. Silva was guilty of a bear hug in golden score and received her third shido and was disqualified. The result meant a first medal for Kosovo while Brazil earned their third after a strong start in Tbilisi. Read more

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Tal Flicker overcomes Georgian newcomer Tutashvili

29 Mar 2019 16:30

Tal Flicker of Israel was made to grind out a win in the U66kg final as he met a determined IJF World Judo Tour debutant Giorgi Tutashvili of Georgia in the gold medal contest. During the break Former world bronze medallist Flicker said he’d never seen or head of his fellow finalist and that was because the 20-year-old was appearing on the IJF circuit for the first time in Tbilisi. Read more

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Odette Giuffrida regains the Tbilisi title

29 Mar 2019 16:10

Olympic silver medallist Odette Giuffrida of Italy defeated Israelian Gili Cohen to win U52kg gold. Both judoka had struck Grand Prix gold on one occasion previously and for both their victories were in Tbilisi. Giuffrida added to her 2016 Tbilisi win by catching 2014 winner and Ekaterinburg Grand Slam winner Cohen with ashi-waza as a de-ashi-barai earned a second and match-winning waza-ari. Read more

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