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Olympic medallist Laura Vargas Koch retires

24 Feb 2020 07:55

At 29 years old and with a full judo CV behind her, Laura Vargas Koch is ready for new challenges. She won 3 European medals, a world silver and of course became an Olympic medalist in Rio De Janeiro in 2016. Laura last competed in Budapest in 2019, with a plan to compete at the world championships in Tokyo, but at the preparation camp she injured her knee, yet another ACL injury. Read more

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Guram Tushishvili finishes for gold in just 46 seconds

23 Feb 2020 19:50

Former world champion Guram Tushishvili (GEO) made a successful return to IJF World Judo Tour duty as he beat one-time Grand Prix winner Johannes Frey (GER) in men’s heavyweight final. Tushishvili, who was making his first appearance on the circuit since September, was a class above the field today as he won all five of his contests by ippon. Read more

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Mukhammadkarim Khurramov doubles Uzbekistan’s golden haul

23 Feb 2020 19:30

Asian-Pacific Championships silver medallist Mukhammadkarim Khurramov (UZB) doubled his country’s golden medal haul on day three after a fine win over Olympic silver medallist Elmar Gasimov (AZE). First-time Grand Slam finalist Khurramov took the final to veteran Gasimov who turned out of several attacks from the Uzbek who pushed the pace, under the instructions of Iliadis, until the Azeri was given his third shido for passivity. Read more

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Sarah Asahina recovers from Olympic disappointment

23 Feb 2020 19:10

Double world champion Asahina Sarah of Japan earned her sixth Grand Slam title with a professional display against world number four Iryna Kindzerska (AZE) in the women’s heavyweight final. After missing out on selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which went in favour of teenager Sone Akira, Asahina returned to the competition circuit for the first time and with a wait of pressure lifted off her shoulders. Read more

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Shori Hamada puts on ne-waza masterclass in finals

23 Feb 2020 18:10

Former world champion Hamada Shori (JPN) dominated double Olympic bronze medallist Mayra Aguiar (BRA) to win her second Grand Slam gold medal. Hamada extended her winning record against the Brazilian to 3-0 by pinning down Aguiar for 20 seconds with a yoko-shiho-gatame. Read more

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Uzbek Davlat Bobonov strikes Grand Slam gold

23 Feb 2020 17:50

Davlat Bobonov of Uzbekistan needed just 59 seconds to defeat Marrakech Grand Prix bronze medallist Quedjau Nhabali (UKR) to win his first Grand Slam title on Sunday. World number 37 Bobonov, who is one of the leading projects under the leadership of the legendary Ilias Iliadis, emulated the exploits of his new head coach by thrilling the crowd with one of the best performances of the weekend. Read more

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Georgian youngster Tato Grigalashvili controls Olympic champion

22 Feb 2020 20:05

One-time Grand Prix gold medallist Tato Grigalashvili of Georgia delivered a commanding victory for Georgia as the world number 18 toyed with the Olympic champion Khasan Khalmurzaev (RUS) on his way to -81kg gold. The 20-year-old was unfazed by the calibre of his opposition in the final as the gold backpatch of the Russian only served to highlight just how impressive Grigalashvili was despite being relatively raw at this level. Read more

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