The latest Judo News offered by

Slovenian youngster Marusa Stangar captures first IJF title

30 Mar 2018 18:30

 by Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation

Marusa Stangar of Slovenia won her first IJF World Judo Tour gold medal at the expense of top seed Milica Nikolic (SRB). Junior World Championships bronze medallist and Agadir Grand Prix bronze medallist Stangar, 20, has now won back-to-back Grand Prix medals but crucially today’s result was gold and now her career is set to flourish.

Stangar opened the scoring with a waza-ari and promptly pinned down her opponent for 10 seconds to become the first winner at the Tbilisi Grand Prix 2018.

In the first semi-final Nikolic bested three-time Grand Prix medallist Noa Minsker (ISR) by a waza-ari from a ippon seoi-nage as the favourite progressed into the gold medal contest. In the second semi-final world number 39 Kimberley Renicks (GBR) fell to Stangar by a waza-ari score in a tightly-contested last four meeting.

The first bronze medal contest was won by London 2012 Olympic champion Sarah Menezes (BRA) who made a successful return to U48kg. Menezes defeated Renicks, who was targeting her first IJF World Judo Tour honour, threw for a waza-ari and wrapped up a straight forward win with a ko-uchi-gari.                                   

The second bronze medal was won by Düsseldorf Grand Slam bronze medallist Melanie Clement (FRA) when three-time Grand Prix medallist Minsker was penalised with a third shido in golden score after an even four minutes of regulation time.

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Marusa Stangar (SLO) - Grand Prix Tbilisi (2018, GEO) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Marusa Stangar (SLO), Milica Nikolic (SRB), Melanie Clement (FRA), Sarah Menezes (BRA) - Grand Prix Tbilisi (2018, GEO) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Anja Stangar (SLO) - Grand Prix Tbilisi (2018, GEO) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News


Gefen Primo captures gold for Israel

6 Jul 2019 09:30

With three bronze medals won this season at the Grand Prix of Hohhot and Marrakech and at the Baku Grand Slam, Gefen Primo (ISR) was the favorite of the day in women's U52kg. She entered the final after her victories against Jeong Bo-Kyeong (KOR) in the semifinal but more significantly against London Olympic Champion, Sarah Menezes (BRA), in her preliminary round. in the final she was opposed to the 2019 Pan-american silver medallist angelica Delgado (USA). Read more


Top athletes in Mexico for Grand Prix Cancun

12 Oct 2018 09:40

With just a few events to go in the IJF Tour, the international elite athletes visiting Mexico this weekend for the Grand Prix in Cancun. The second edition of this tournament attracted a few Rio 2016 Olympic champions such as Paula Pareto (ARG), Rafaela Silva (BRA) and Lukas Krpalek (CZE). Read more


Maiden IJF title for rising Portuguese youngster Catarina Costa

6 Apr 2018 18:50

Portuguese Catarina Costa won her first IJF World Judo Tour gold medal with a convincing win over former Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Fjolla Kelmendi (KOS) in the U48kg final at the Grand Prix of Antalya. Read more


First day of Grand Prix Tbilisi includes Georgian lightweight favourites

30 Mar 2018 05:05

Definitely the first day of the Grand Prix in Tbilisi will be attractive for the home crowd in Georgia to see their favourites in the men’s lightweight categories. U0kg Amiran Papinashvili is experienced and always among the favourites. If he can pick up the pace is the question, but the draw looks good for him. U66kg the crowd will look for Vazha Margevelashvili as eyecatcher. Read more


Majlinda Kelmendi facing the pressure of regaining the title: World preview U52kg

29 Aug 2017 00:00

Since winning her first World title in 2013, Majlinda Kelmendi has been defeated only once in an individual tournament. That loss was to Erika Miranda of Brazil in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, just two months after Kelmendi's return to competition after a very long injury layoff. The unfortunate draw brought the Olympic medallists together in one pool. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Paris8 Feb
Result City Date
5Paris8 Feb


First description Second description Third description Four description