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Riki Nakaya back to the top with possible Grand Slam victory
11 Mar 2017 13:15
Former World Champion Riki Nakaya is getting back to the world top. Nakaya reached the final U73kg of the Grand Slam in Baku where he is opposed to Mongolian Odbayar Ganbaatar who he defeated three times in his career.
A victory for the Japanese number 39 of the world will rocket him into the top 10 of the world passing Akimoto and getting closer to Ono and Hashimoto. As always the category U73kg is fully open and the Japanese are stronger than ever.
Nakaya won three matches against Barimanlou of Iran, tournament favourite Rustam Orujov in the quarter final and Miklos Ungvari U73kg. Nakaya who won the World title in 2014 in Chelyabinsk and in 2011 in Paris. won world silver in 2015 in Astana. Nakaya was finallist of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Nakaya won 4 Grand Slams, in 2010 and 2013 in Tokyo and Paris and Rio in 2011. He was World team champion 2014 with Japan. At this event it’s possible to get back with the new 1000 points for a victory and gain a good position for further tournaments.
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