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Georgian boys and Japanese girls dominate in Bielsko Biala

21 May 2017 22:25

Russia, Georgia, and Japan all won four gold medals at the Cadet European Cup in Bielsko Biala in Poland. This polish tournament hosted 490 young judoka from 25 nations and, as always, was strong with many Japanese youngsters. Read more

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The gold backpatch fits as Khasan Khalmurzaev wins at home in Russia

21 May 2017 15:10

Rio 2016 Olympic champion Khasan Khalmurzaev thrilled the partisan crowd as he beat two-time Grand Slam runner-up Ungvari Attila (HUN) in the U81kg final of the Grand Slam in Ekaterinburg. The 23-year-old crowd pleaser punched the air after throwing Ungvari with a uchi-mata for ippon after just 58 seconds. Read more

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World champ Umeki earns first Grand Slam crown as title defence looms

21 May 2017 15:05

World champion Umeki Mami of Japan won her first Grand Slam title and in process recorded back-to-back wins on the IJF World Judo Tour. Umeki, 22, who was worn her red backpatch since 2015 – as there are no World Championships in an Olympic year – won the Dusseldorf Grand Prix last time out. Read more

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Sanne van Dijke learned to force a victory

21 May 2017 14:30

European champion Sanne van Dijke won Grand Slam gold with a come-from-behind win in the final over Alena Prokopenko of Russia. The Russian took an unexpected lead with a waza-ari from a sumi-gaeshi as the vastly-improved Russian tested the mettle of her Dutch opponent. Read more

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Trajdos tops Grand Slam podium to boost Worlds intentions

20 May 2017 21:05

German judoka Martyna Trajdos topped the Grand Slam medal podium in Russia to cast herself forward as one of the top contenders for the World Championships. Tokyo 2015 Grand Slam winner Trajdos, 28, held down former European bronze medallist Ekaterina Valkova of Russia for 20 seconds for her 10th Grand Slam medal and most important to date. Read more

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Japanese sensation Soichi Hashimoto favourite for Worlds glory

20 May 2017 20:20

Sensational Japanese judoka Hashimoto Soichi won his third career Grand Slam medal as Japan were irresistible on day one in Russia. World number two Hashimoto, who is undefeated on the tour since 2015, maintained his unbeaten run that could well extend beyond his first World Championships in August. Read more

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Miryam Roper seals history as oldest ever winner of a Grand Slam

20 May 2017 18:25

Former world bronze medallist Miryam Roper of Panama exceeded all expectations on her return to the international circuit as she marked her first IJF World Judo Tour appearance for Panama by not only winning her country’s first ever IJF medal but also ensured that it was gold and therefore Himno Istmeño would be played for the first time. Read more

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