The latest Judo News offered by

Juul Franssen makes golden return at The Hague Grand Prix

18 Nov 2017 19:15

   Klaus Müller / Watch:

Two gold medals for the Netherlands today at the Grand Prix in The Hague with an emotional gold for Juul Franssen who was absent for 13 months. She ended with gold in Abu Dhabi in October last year and after a disastrous period without judo due to a conflict and suspension Franssen wasn’t allowed to fight.

Recently this conflict was taken care of with a ‘tailored solution’ and Franssen did the only thing she had to do, come back with a gold medal. In the final she defeated Alice Schlesinger in the golden score after a tough contest. Dutch talent Sanne Vermeer won the bronze medal as well as Stefanie Tremblay of Canada.

Kim Polling was the best judoka U70kg. The former number one of the world bested European Champion Sanne van Dijke in an all Dutch final. Polling showed good judo today, but also Van Dijke convinced with impressive judo and a fine victory versus Laura Vargas Koch, who won bronze at the Olympic Games in Rio. Van Dijke who just returned after an injury didn’t show her best judo against Polling but all expectations after her semi final made it pretty exciting. Laura Vargas Koch also made her comeback, since Rio she didn’t fight anymore and won the bronze today after she defeated Dutch woman Natascha Ausma. She was accompanied on the podium by Miriam Butkereit (GER) who defeated Dutch Evelien Berndsen from The Hague.

No medal for the Dutch in the men’s division despite the high hopes for a medal for Frank de Wit. But the Dutchman lost his semi final to Ivan Vorobev who kept his best for last. In his final Vorobev waited for that one moment and struck against Dominic Ressel with a sensational ippon after 50 seconds. Ressel had won his semi final against World Junior Champion Matthias Casse of Belgium and the youngster was able to take the bronze today. World number one ranked Frank de Wit lost his bronze medal bout against Iranian Saeid Mollaei who beat him at the World Championships as well. Mollaei was extremely satisfied with this confirmation.

The gold for men U73kg went to Mongolia that now won six medals including two gold versions. Khadbaatar Narankhuu was the best today among 29 men. In the final he overcame Victor Scvortov and didn’t even need a minute for that. Narankhuu was impressive the whole day but also the second Mongolian fighter ended on the stage. Tsogtbaatar Tsend-Ochir won the bronze as well as Anthony Zingg who beat Akil Gjakova (KOS) in his last contest.

The Netherlands leads the medal table with two gold, silver and bronze for Mongolia and Kosovo.

Fundraising with GoGetFunding

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Kim Polling (NED) - Grand Prix The Hague (2017, NED) - © Klaus Müller, Watch:
  • Ivan Vorobev (RUS), Dominic Ressel (GER), Matthias Casse (BEL), Saeid Mollaei (MGL) - Grand Prix The Hague (2017, NED) - © Klaus Müller, Watch:
  • Khadbaatar Narankhuu (MGL), Victor Scvortov (UAE), Tsogtbaatar Tsend-Ochir (MGL), Anthony Zingg (GER) - Grand Prix The Hague (2017, NED) - © Klaus Müller, Watch:

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News


Clarisse Agbegnenou quadruple World Championships queen

28 Aug 2019 16:45

Clarisse Agbegnenou won her fourth title to enter the record books as France’s first woman to win four world judo titles. Agbegnenou won an epic rematch of the 2018 final as her arch-rival and three-time world medallist Tashiro Miku (JPN) gave the defending champion one of the toughest fights of her illustrious career. In Tokyo the Budokan applauded laudly for the two women for the display of such balanced masterpiece. Read more


Tokyo Preview women U63kg: Agbegnenou and Tashiro stand out

28 Aug 2019 06:35

All eyes in the category for women U63kg are on Clarisse Agbegnenou. She is going for her fourth world title. French powerhouse Agbegnenou, 26, is a three-time world champion and Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist. She will start as the favourite and will write her name in the history books if she can retain her title and become the most successful female French judoka of all time at the Worlds. Read more


French Flagbearer Agbegnenou ready for opposition U63kg

20 Jun 2019 16:55

One thing is for sure the women’s U63kg weight class at the European Games will have the best field possible. A world level field with World Champion Clarisse Agbegnenou and Olympic Champion Tina Trstenjak lined up as always with their unstoppable hunger to fight each-other. At the Paris Grand Slam it led to a giant clash decided by the French world champion far in the extra time. Read more


Miku Tashiro beats Tina Trstenjak for the eighth time

11 May 2019 20:15

Three-time world medallist Tashiro Miku of Japan claimed Japan’s first gold medal at the Baku Grand Slam 2019 as the Japanese number one extended her perfect winning record over Olympic champion Tina Trstenjak of Slovenia. Read more


170 women in The Hague for Grand Prix gold

15 Nov 2018 14:50

The draw at the Grand Prix of The Hague delivered some fine first round matches. With two world champions in the field and 412 participants coming from 62 nations the second edition of the Grand Prix in Holland almost doubled its participants field compared to last year. 242 Men and 170 Women will battle for the medals and valuable points for the qualification for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
2Düsseldorf21 Feb
Result City Date
1Düsseldorf21 Feb


First description Second description Third description Four description