Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Japanese newcomer Terumi Otsuji surprises with Grand Prix gold
16 Nov 2018 22:55
IJF World Judo Tour debutant Otsuji Terumi of Japan starred for Japan with a win over 2016 Baku Grand Slam bronze medallist Lu Tongjuan (CHN) in the U57kg final. World number 54 Lu produced a career-best result while Otsuji was the last woman standing in her first IJF outing.
The Japanese judoka, who was eliminated in the opening round of the Kodokan Cup, Japan’s selection event for the Osaka Grand Slam, two weeks ago - threw with a koshi-guruma for a waza-ari and held down her rival with a kesa-gatame to seal a comfortable win.
In the first semi-final Cancun Grand Prix bronze medallist Miryam Roper (PAN) was beaten by Otsuji by ippon. In the second semi-final former Tashkent Grand Prix gold medallist Anna Borowska (POL) was thrown after two minutes of golden score by LU for ippon.
The first bronze medal was won by Abu Dhabi Grand Slam bronze medallist Priscilla Gneto (FRA) who threw Borowska with sutemi-waza for a waza-ari score with 25 seconds left on the clock. Gneto kept control for the closing seconds to join her younger sister Astride as a bronze medallist on day one.
The second bronze medal was won by Roper who edged out 2017 Junior World Championships bronze medallist Mina Libeer (BEL). World number 13 Roper scored a waza-ari from a sumi-gaeshi to earn her fifth Grand Prix medal for Panama having only switched from Germany in 2017.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
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
Brazilian Olympic champion Rafaela Silva avenged her opening World Championships contest defeat at the hands of world number 10 Jessica Klimkait (CAN) by beating her rival for gold in the U57kg final in Cancun. Read more
At 22 September Miryam Roper-Yearwood will fight at the World Championships for Panama. Roper decided only SHE could decide when she’d retire, the former German, in her thirties, is feeling young again, fighting under the Panamanian flag since 2017. Read more
Starting on Friday the Grand Prix in Agadir will host 38 nations with 241 athletes from five continents. Not a huge field with just 102 women. Many delegations arrived in Agadir with young athletes, who they want to test before the Olympic qualification starts in May on the occasion of the Hohhot Grand Prix. Russia brought some top athletes like Khasan Khalmurzaev, Olympic Champion in Rio in 2016. Read more
Loic Demierbe (BEL)