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Preview O78kg: First seeded Larisa Ceric knows the danger of Asahina

1 Sep 2017 18:15

Who will be World Champion +78kg in Budapest? Perhaps the one with the strongest track record going into Budapest is Japan's Sarah Asahina, winner of the 2016 Tokyo Grand Slam, 2017 Paris Grand Slam and 2017 Ekaterinburg Grand Slam. The 20-year old Japanese debuts at the World Championships. Read more

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Strong European block U90kg against World Champion Gwak Dong-Han

1 Sep 2017 05:05

The top favourite for the U90kg world title in Budapest this year is hard to pick. There are many athletes with legitimate shots at the medal stand. A hot contender is Aleksandar Kukolj of Serbia, the reigning European champion, with his superb groundwork and confidence that he can be the first Serbian man to reach the podium. Read more

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Preview U70kg Chizuru Arai slight favourite in open category

1 Sep 2017 03:55

The top favourites for the U70kg gold at the World Championships in Budapest are all within the Top 3 in the IJF Rankings, but it's the No. 3, Japan's Chizuru Arai, who looks to be the leading candidate for the top spot in Budapest. Her track record is impressive with 2016 Tyumen Grand Slam gold, 2017 Paris Grand Slam gold, and 2017 Dusseldorf Grand Prix gold. Read more

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Alexander Wieczerzak made the impossible possible

31 Aug 2017 19:35

What an amazing day for Alexander Wieczerzak of Germany. He became the surprising World Champion and he still cannot believe it. He is the fourth male World Champion ever for Germany and surprised the full elite today in Budapest. Read more

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Clarisse Agbegnenou determined to keep this level until 2020

31 Aug 2017 18:35

Clarisse Agbegnenou conquered reigning Olympic and world champion Tina Trstenjak of Slovenia to become a two-time world champion here in Budapest. The rematch of the Olympic final and the last Worlds final was hotly-anticipated as two most decorated judoka in the category successfully negotiated the preliminary rounds to take their place in the gold medal contest. Read more

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Khalmurzaev, Nagase or a surprise World Champion U81kg?

31 Aug 2017 00:10

In the category U81kg there remains two big prospects for the World title in Budapest: Olympic Champion Khasan Khalmurzaev of Russia and World Champion Takanori Nagase of Japan. Both have fought very little since the 2016 Rio Olympics, but when they did, they shone brightly. Here in Budapest they are in the same pool and may meet in the quarter final. Read more

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Trstenjak and Agbegnenou as always the favorites, but watch the roadblocks U63kg

31 Aug 2017 00:00

There are two very obvious top contenders in the category U63kg in Budapest and both have won a World title before: Tina Trstenjak of Slovenia and Clarisse Agbegnenou of France. Of the two, Trstenjak has the slight edge. She is the defending Olympic, World, and European Champion and she has won the last four encounters with Agbegnenou. But this time it cannot be the final. Read more

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