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Strong German teams strive for repetition of 2012 Grand Prix in Düsseldorf
17 Feb 2016 13:25
Hosts Germany have entered a 51-strong team with 26 men and 25 women fighting over the three days at the Grand Prix of Düsseldorf. Both the German men as the women are among the world’s strongest team’s and can use the event to not only look at their third and fourth choice athletes as well as their leading names.
Since the first Grand in Düsseldorf in 2010 the organisation has had a German finalist and 6 winners in total. Last year only Szaundra Diedrich was in the final and won silver, comparable to 2013 when Laura Vargas Koch took a silver medal. In 2014 the German team was successful with gold for Luise Malzahn and three silver. In the Olympic year 2012 Ole Bischof and Andreas Toelzer took gold. It was a good grade for London2012.
This year intrigue surrounds categories such as U81kg which houses two-time Grand Slam winner Sven Maresch and European Games bronze medallist Alexander Wieczerzak while even Dominic Ressel is the man in shape. U100kg which features world silver medallist Karl-Richard Frey and Olympic bronze medallist Dimitri Peters.
The category U78kg was the most successful in the Düsseldorf history. With gold medals for Heide Wollert in 2010 and Luise Malzahn in 2014 the expectations are high for Malzahn and even Maike Ziech and Anna-Maria Wagner should be able to survive a few matches.
Other categories all have potential medallists such as Mareen Kraeh, Maria Ertl, Jasmin Kuelbs, Martyna Trajdos, Miryam Roper, Tobias Englmaier, Sebastian Seidl, Igor Wandtke, Marc Odenthal, Robert Zimmermann.
Germany have 8 athletes in the top 10 of the world, in the Olympic year 2012 five, and with four medals at the Olympic Games Germany was more than satisfied. It triggers curiosity for this years’ Grand Prix of Düsseldorf witnessed by 8,000 judo fans.
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