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Boldbaatar Ganbat rediscovers the winning mood

24 Feb 2017 18:10

Former world champion Ganbat Boldbaatar of Mongolia returned to the top of the medal podium on the IJF stage with a determined display in Germany. The Mongolian, who last claimed gold at the Baku Grand Slam last year, rolled over Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Amiran Papinashvili (GEO) for a waza-ari score and only his second IJF gold medal since winning the World Championships in 2014. Read more

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Abe becomes the youngest ever IJF World Judo Tour winner at 16 years old

24 Feb 2017 18:00

Tokyo Grand Slam silver medallist Abe Uta of Japan wrote her name into the record books as she became the youngest ever winner at an IJF World Judo Tour event. Abe, 16, the younger sister of 19-year-old Paris Grand Slam winner Abe Hifumi, saw off former European silver medallist Amandine Buchard (FRA) with a low uchi-mata for a waza-ari. World number 46 Abe, who turns 17 in July, utilised her favourite technique for a waza-ari which was the difference after four minutes. Read more

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Tonaki on verge of Worlds debut after sealing Grand Prix treble

24 Feb 2017 17:30

Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Tonaki Funa moved one step closer to World Championships selection after winning the third Grand Prix gold medal of her career. The 21-year-old was unbeatable in Dusseldorf as she won all four contests by ippon including the final against Glasgow European Open bronze medallist Melanie Clement of France. Tonaki, who like many of her lighter Japanese colleagues is masterful on the ground, was able to wrap up her opponent with a mune-gatame for 20 seconds and ippon in the opening minute. Read more

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Lukas Krpalek in a tough pool over 100kg at Grand Prix Dusseldorf

23 Feb 2017 16:25

This week, all eyes are on Düsseldorf as the IJF World Tour continues with its first Grand Prix of the season. The German event will upgrade to Grand Slam status next year and it will be held in a different venue, so this last edition in the Mitsubishi Halle. Read more

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David Douillet running for French Olympic committee presidency

22 Feb 2017 22:40

Former Olympic judo champion David Douillet will run for the French Olympic committee presidency later this year. Douillet, who was gold medalist at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and a four-time world champion, told L'Equipe newspaper that he will challenge current president Denis Masseglia in the May election. Read more

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IJF World Tour events more important due to new IJF ranking points

22 Feb 2017 09:50

In the new IJF point distribution system, the significance of Continental Opens in determining IJF World Rankings decreased dramatically. Where the points for IJF Tour events in some cases doubled, the Continental Opens maintained the same 100-point 1st place value as in the previous Olympic cycle. Read more

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Unique gold medal for Azerbaijan at Cadet European Cup Fuengirola

19 Feb 2017 19:35

Cadet judoka from Azerbaijan and the Netherlands shined this weekend at the European Open in Fuengirola. In total, medals went to 16 different nations, including Cyprus. The medal distribution speaks volumes to the quality of the diverse field of 21 countries represented in the southern Spanish city, which lies 30km from Malaga. Read more

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