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Grand Prix Hungary stages Olympians in preparation for Baku
9 Aug 2018 20:10
Hungary’s capital city of Budapest hosts the third IJF qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this weekend as 578 judoka from 86 nations will compete at the László Papp Budapest Sports Arena.
Following Grand Prix events in Hohhot and Zagreb, the IJF World Judo Tour has returned to the home of the 2017 World Judo Championships for the final competition before the 2018 World Judo Championships this September in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Olympic champions Paula Pareto (ARG) and Rafaela Silva (BRA) will both be in action on Friday. Pareto will compete at U48kg while Silva, who is one of the most active champions on the circuit, has her first medal of the season in her sights at U57kg.
World champion Wolf Aaron (JPN) competes internationally for the first time since he won the blue ribbon event of the IJF World Judo Tour in the same city a year ago.
Olympic and world silver medallist Varlam Liparteliani (GEO), Openweight World Championships silver medallist Toma Nikiforov, double Olympic bronze medallist Leandro Guilheiro (BRA) and Paris Grand Slam winner Christa Deguchi (CAN) are all among the star-studded entry.
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