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This time Hisayoshi Harasawa takes the gold in Düsseldorf

24 Feb 2019 19:55

Japanese heavyweight Harasawa Hisayoshi won his fifth Grand Slam title as he convincingly defeated the highly-touted Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Inal Tasoev of Russia. Olympic silver medallist Harasawa banished his memories from the 2018 edition of Germany’s Grand Slam when he was disqualified along with this teammate Ojitani Takeshi in the final. Read more

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Azeri ace Mehdiyev stops Japanese Murao

24 Feb 2019 19:50

Azeri Mammadali Mehdiyev defeated 18-year-old Osaka Grand Slam bronze medallist Murao Sanshiro (JPN) to strike Grand Slam gold for the first time in his career. The world number seven denied high school student Murao a first IJF World Judo Tour title after the Japanese caught the eye in the preliminary rounds. Read more

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Legendary heavyweight Idalys Ortiz rules for Cuba

24 Feb 2019 19:25

Cuba’s all-time great Idalys Ortiz (CUB) defeated double world champion Asahina Sarah (JPN) in a close final in the women’s +78kg category. Ortiz, who is closing in on a medal tilt at her fourth consecutive Olympics, outworked her Japanese rival who was penalised for passivity in the closing seconds to hand Grand Slam gold to the three-time Olympic medallist and two-time world champion. Read more

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Australia’s new contender Kayhan Ozcicek-Takagi aims for historic title

24 Feb 2019 01:05

Former All Japan Championships winner and long-time Japan international Kayhan Ozcicek-Takagi (AUS) started his year with a historic medal for Australia at the season-opening Tel Aviv Grand Prix. Australia-born Ozcicek-Takagi, 28, a former Kodokan Cup and Asian Championships gold medallist. Read more

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Miku Tashiro proves her worth for Japan U63kg

23 Feb 2019 22:00

Tashiro Miku of Japan defeated former Tashkent Grand Prix winner Daria Davydova (RUS) to win her second Grand Slam gold medal. Read more

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Shohei Ono defeated Masashi Ebinuma in dream final

23 Feb 2019 20:15

Olympic champion Ono Shohei won his fourth Grand Slam gold medal at the expense of his teammate, double Olympic bronze medallist and three-time world champion Ebinuma Masashi in a rematch of the Osaka Grand Slam final. ONO won a tense final by a waza-ari from a sacrifice technique as he marginally outperformed his high school colleague-turned rival. Read more

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Invincible Sally Conway completes Grand Slam treble

23 Feb 2019 19:35

Scottish Olympic bronze medallist Sally Conway won Grand Slam gold for the third time in her career with a rousing display in the U70kg category. Conway defeated The Hague Grand Prix bronze medallist Miriam Butkereit (GER) after taking the contest to the ground and threatening with both osaekomi and the kansetsu-waza and the home judoka was unable to find a route away from the imminent danger. Read more

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