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Abigel Joo starts new Olympic bid with gold in Zagreb

25 Sep 2016 18:00

Hungarian Abigel Joo has a short-term goal of winning her home World Championships next year in Budapest and a long-term goal of winning the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Joo, 26, finished seventh at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, having finished fifth at London 2012, while her U78kg final adversary Guusje Steenhuis of the Netherlands was overlooked for Rio 2016 by the Dutch Judo Federation. Read more


Grigorev shows off with second Grand Prix victory

25 Sep 2016 17:20

Russian alternative Alexander Grigorev clinched his second Grand Prix gold medal by defeating the top seed and Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Li Kochman of Israel in the -90kg final. Grigorev was making only his third international start of the year but he looked in good condition. Read more


Reliable Alan Khubetsov wins fifth World Tour event

24 Sep 2016 21:30

Former Baku Grand Slam winner Alan Khubetsov won Russia’s first gold medal at the Zagreb Grand Prix 2016 by beating Havana Grand Prix bronze medallist Csoknyai Laszlo of Hungary in the U81kg final. Read more


Happy homecoming Grand Prix hat-trick for Barbara Matic

24 Sep 2016 21:15

Former double Junior world champion Barbara Matic won her home event for the first time as she delighted her fans with her third career Grand Prix victory. Matic, who has realistic ambitions to be her country’s first Olympic judo medallist, had previously won in Tbilisi 2014 and Qingdao 2015. Read more


Karolina Talach steals the show U63kg in Zagreb

24 Sep 2016 21:05

Polish judoka Karolina Talach had the measure of Tyumen Grand Slam bronze medallist Diana Dzhigaros of Russia in the first final on day two in Zagreb. This time a big individual title for Talach who helped the Polish team to become European Team Champion. Read more


Dmytro Kanivets takes biggest career victory in Zagreb

24 Sep 2016 21:05

Ukraine middleweight Dmytro Kanivets showed why he was the top U73kg seed in Zagreb as he won all four of his contests to register his first IJF Grand Prix gold medal. Kanivets faced Swedish Tommy Macias in the second final on day two of the Grand Grand Prix. Read more


Andraz Jereb offers Slovenia more glance with Zagreb gold

24 Sep 2016 12:45

Slovenian Andraz Jereb won Grand Prix gold in his first final at this level as he narrowly defeated former Junior World Championships bronze medallist Baruch Shmailov of Israel in a highly-competitive gold medal contest. Jereb and Shmailov matched each other for four minutes and 51 seconds until the Slovenian countered the Israeli as he rolled him over for a yuko score which was the decisive action as the late score gave Jereb a golden glow and offered his country their first medal in Zagreb. Read more

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