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Russian youngster Konkina shows promise for the table toppers in China

18 Nov 2016 16:50

Tashkent Grand Prix winner Anastasiia Konkina won back-to-back Grand Prix gold for the first time in her young career as she thwarted first time Grand Prix finalist Lin Yuanyuan (CHN). Konkina, 22, opposed Lin for the first time and took command of their final with a waza-ari from an uchi-mata before utilising the same technique for a match-winning waza-ari. Read more

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Chen Chen captures Chinese gold in Qingdao

18 Nov 2016 15:30

World number 115 Chen Chen of China will skyrocket up the world rankings after winning her country’s Grand Prix by beating Orenburg European Cup bronze medallist Galiya Sagitova of Russia in the -52kg final. Chen, who was fifth here in 2012, won the scoreless final on shido penalties as Sagitova was reprimanded for not attacking and then again for passivity while the former was only penalised once. Read more

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Li leads the way for high-flying hosts in the lightweight category

18 Nov 2016 15:25

Li Yanan of China won her first Grand Prix gold medal in the first final in Qingdao on Friday. Russian lightweight Mariia Persidskaia was the favourite in the gold medal contest despite giving up home advantage to Li who is former Pan American Open bronze medallist. A shido against Persidskaia, Tashkent Grand Prix winner, was the only time the referee was called up upon during the four minute final as Li celebrated a golden start for China. Read more

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2004 Olympic Champion Yvonne Boenisch becomes national coach in Israel

18 Nov 2016 09:00

German Olympic Champion Yvonne Boenisch will leave her hometown and club Potsdam and will become national coach in Israel. For Potsdam a sad milestone as Boenisch was not just the head coach of the club but also the face of the club. Read more

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Record low participation at Grand Prix Qingdao hosting 155 athletes

17 Nov 2016 11:45

Since the Olympic Games in Rio Qingdao is the fourth city to host an IJF World Tour event. The Qingdao Grand Prix 2016 draw took place on the eve of the competition at the Diamond Hall within the Qingdao Guoxin Stadium. This event will host 15 nations and 155 judoka (87 men, 68 women) over the next three days. The previous low record was in 2009 at the first edition with 158 athletes. Last year 379 judoka participated. Read more

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Grand Prix Qingdao moves to northern city of Hohhot in 2017

17 Nov 2016 11:15

The Grand Prix of Qingdao is set to start for the last time in the harbor city. The Qingdao Grand Prix was first held in 2009 and is one of the longest-running events on the IJF World Judo Tour. Qingdao’s top sports event has been an annual leg of the tour since then but this year marks a farewell as China’s judo showpiece will move next year to Hohhot, the Capital of Inner Mongolia in North China. The field starts with just 68 women but including the two top Chinese heavyweights Ma and Yu. Read more

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Play now with Judo Inside Coach Game for GP Qingdao

17 Nov 2016 09:50

You can now play with JudoInside’s coach game. Be the coach of your fantasy team and select the 10 favourites players for this week’s IJF Grand Prix in Qingdao. Register your team, choose a team name and select 10 players who will collect points once they reach the podium. Read more

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