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Japan’s Yoko Ono beats France’s Pinot to gold

10 Feb 2019 18:10

World bronze medallist Ono Yoko (JPN) won her third Grand Slam title at the expense of Osaka Grand Slam bronze medallist Margaux Pinot (FRA). A nervy contest was settled by penalties in golden score when the home judoka was penalised for the third and final time for leaving the area and the gold medal was gifted to world number 12 Ono. Read more

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Neil Adams Awarded 9th Dan

10 Feb 2019 17:00

Ahead of the final block, British judo legend Neil Adams, a double Olympic silver medallist, 1981 world champion and five-time European champion was awarded his 9th Dan in the AccorHotels Arena from the IJF President Mr. Marius L. Vizer. Read more

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Christa Deguchi defeats Jessica Klimkait in all-Canadian final

9 Feb 2019 20:05

Canadian Christa Deguchi successfully defended her Paris title with a win over teammate and World Judo Masters bronze medallist Jessica Klimkait in the U57kg final. The duo are locked in a battle for Canada’s one potential spot at the Olympics next year with both ranked well inside the world’s top 10 on the IJF ranking list. Read more

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Five-star Clarisse Agbegnenou has to give it all to Trstenjak

9 Feb 2019 19:50

World champion Clarisse Agbegnenou (FRA) wrote the latest chapter in the biggest rivalry in women’s judo as the French superstar defeated arch-rival, Olympic champion and two-time Paris winner Tina Trstenjak (SLO) to win her home Grand Slam for the fifth time. Read more

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Soichi Hashimoto digs deep for Paris win

9 Feb 2019 19:20

Former world champion Hashimoto Soichi (JPN) was back among the winners on the IJF World Judo Tour for the first time since 2017 as he showed his character to grind out a hard-fought win in France. The Ippon Hunter registered a much-needed gold medal by beating Hohhot Grand Prix bronze medallist Tsend-Ochir Tsogtbaatar (MGL) in the U73kg final. Read more

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Ai Shishime wins third Grand Slam title

9 Feb 2019 18:45

Former world champion Shishime Ai of Japan defeated World Judo Masters gold medallist Tsunoda Natsumi to win her third Grand Slam title. In Paris Shishime recorded a crucial win over her teammate to push herself in front of Tsunoda in the domestic pecking order as both aim to topple world champion Abe Uta (JPN) in the race for Tokyo 2020. Read more

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Surprise Denis Vieru claims Moldova’s first Grand Slam crown

9 Feb 2019 18:30

Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Denis Vieru (MDA) won his first Grand Slam final to record his country’s first win at a Grand Slam. Vieru was tipped to play second fiddle to former world bronze medallist Vazha Margvelashvili (GEO) but the former upstaged his Georgian rival and one-time Grand Slam winner with a majestic tai-otoshi earning ippon in the U66kg final. Read more

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