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Jacob Valois wins gold for Canada in Hong Kong

2 Dec 2018 00:05

Two Canadian athletes stood on the podium Saturday at the Hong Kong Asian Open. Jacob Valois had a perfect day and was the crowned champion in U66kg, and Hakim Chala won a bronze medal during his second international senior tournament in U60kg. Read more

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The women rule the stats in the IJF World Tour

28 Nov 2018 15:20

The list of top medalists in the IJF World Tour is composed of about 75% women, demonstrating the consistency with which the top female athletes perform. Urantsetseg Munkhbat sits atop the list with 33 IJF World Tour medals to her credit. Of the most experienced judoka (those who have the most titles to their name since 2009), Amiran Papinashvili and Amartuvshin Dashdavaa are the only two male representatives in a field of power women. Read more

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Botswana ecstatic over first African Open gold medal

26 Nov 2018 11:00

It was a legendary African Open this weekend for Botswana. Although Algeria was clearly the best nation at the African Open in Yaounde this weekend with 8 gold medals, there was lots more to celebrate for other less typically strong judo nations. Read more

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Glory for Henk Grol as oldest Japan winner ever

25 Nov 2018 14:55

Dutch judo legend Henk Grol rolled back the years to win heavyweight gold in the last contest at the Osaka Grand Slam. Grol, who went out in the first round at The Hague Grand Prix a week ago at the hands of Alexander Mikhaylin (RUS), renewed his rivalry with U100kg Olympic champion Lukas Krpalek (CZE) which started in 2009 when they faced off for the first time in the U100kg category. Read more

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Aaron Wolf earns maiden Grand Slam title in Osaka

25 Nov 2018 14:50

Former world champion Wolf Aaron won U100kg gold at his home Grand Slam with a gusty performance. Wolf faced world number 73 and Grand Slam debutant Shady Elnahas (CAN) in the final after the Canadian revelation had defeated Japanese, Mongolian, Portuguese and Czech opposition. Read more

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Shoichiro Mukai wins Paris and Osaka in one year

25 Nov 2018 14:35

Paris Grand Slam champion Mukai Shoichiro (JPN) won his second Grand Slam of the season after an absorbing final against former World Judo Masters bronze medallist Noel Van ‘t End (NED). Both men went on the attack from the outset which made for an open final. Read more

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Cuban legend Idalys Ortiz adds new title to her honours list

25 Nov 2018 14:25

World Championships silver medallist Idalys Ortiz (CUB) struck Grand Slam gold for the first time to win back-to-back titles on the IJF World Judo Tour. Ortiz, who won the Cancun Grand Prix in October conquered Asian Games winner Sone Akira (JPN) in the final after the disappointing Japanese judoka was disqualified after her third shido. Read more

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