Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Inal Tasoev next challenge for World Champion Tushishvili?
14 Dec 2018 12:00
World heavyweight champion Tushishvili is the man to beat in the land of the giants and will be a star attraction on Sunday. The defending World Judo Masters champion started 2018 with fifth-place at the Paris Grand Slam in the absence of Teddy Riner (FRA).
The new face of Georgian judo missed the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam before winning his home Grand Prix in Tbilisi. Tushishvili finished fifth at the European Championships and then reeled off back-to-back victories at the Zagreb Grand Prix and World Championships. The Tower of Tbilisi lost out to Henk Grol (NED) in his opening contest at the Osaka Grand Slam but will aim the bounce back with a champion’s performance in Guangzhou.
Tushishvili will have to face Iurii Krakovetskii in the first round, but then he will likely be fighting Inal Tasoev who’s Russian star is rising fast. A dangerous opponent who caught Lukas Krpalek in the most impressive final of this year in just a few seconds.
Lukas Krpalek himself will be fighting another Russian, Tamerlan Bashaev, the bronze medallist of Osaka. After Bashaev Osaka’s silver medallist Krpalek may get a revanche against Osaka’s gold medallist Henk Grol if he can beat Brazil’s heavyweight Rafael Silva. Let’s not underestimate him as classic heavyweight.
Still the trend is the more athletic athlete who have taken over in this weight class. Pool B is interesting with the big man David Moura vs the small but active Roy Meyer and Kokoro Kageura against world silver medallist Ushangi Kokauri who just recovered from being ill.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
The Paris Gram Slam is always meet the expectations. Each year it is guaranteed fireworks. The French know how to create an amazing environment, supported by their locals and enjoying themselves in every match. Besides great ippons and unforgettable contests, the Paris Grand Slam always brings huge surprises and this year was not an exception. Read more
World number seven Henk Grol of the Netherlands ripped up the script and forced the rows of journalists to rewrite their fleeting headlines after beating World Judo Masters bronze medallist Kageura Kokoro (JPN) to win heavyweight gold. It was in 2011 that Henk Grol captured the Paris gold but then in his class U100kg. Aged 34 he seems to be on course for a place in Tokyo. Read more
Olympic silver medallist Harasawa Hisayoshi (JPN) was crowned the World Judo Masters heavyweight champion after the eagerly-awaited +100kg final could not take place because Olympic and world champion Lukas Krpalek (CZE) was ruled out due to back pain. Harasawa is seen as Japan’s leading heavyweight and the current front-runner for the Tokyo berth but April’s All Japan Openweight Championships will have a bearing on the selection for next summer. Read more
Guram Tushishvili again proved to be the strongest judoka in the world. He keeps growing and with by retaining his European title, the Georgian is lined up for more success at the World Championships. The European competitors seemed to dominate in the world’s heavyweight category. Read more
The 2015 edition of the European Games in Baku was won by Dutchman Henk Grol in the final against Lukas Krpalek. In fact not many people remember it was U100kg. Both big boys stepped up rather easily to this level and again reached the highest level in the plus category. In fact it also made their life much easier. No more health problems, dropping weight, days of frustration, the body that protests against so many sacrifices. Read more
Patrick Abbink (NED)