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Naohisa Takato unstoppable for his fourth victory
9 Feb 2019 12:30
Three-time and reigning world champion Takato Naohisa won his fourth title at the Grand Slam in Paris. Takato has never tasted defeat in Paris with four gold medals to show for four outings in France 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. In twenty contests he remained undefeated including his last battle against Yeldos Smetov.
The Olympic bronze medallist lost his two-year undefeated streak in November with a round two elimination at the Osaka Grand Slam. Takato will now meet Dutchman Tornike Tsjakadoea who won the Grand Prix in Cancun last year.
Seeded athletes Fran Garrigos lost to Temur Nozadze who qualified for the last eight.
World Judo Masters bronze medallist Dashdavaa Amartuvshin (MGL) will be a judoka to watch along with the Kazakh duo of former world champion Yeldos Smetov. Two-time Grand Prix winner Gusman Kyrgyzbayev lost to Lenin Preciado of Ecuador in a surprising pool.
Takato defeated Tornike Tsjakadoea (NED) in the quarter final and bested the surprising Georgian Temur Nozadze in the semi final. Nozadze won the bronze afterall. The second bronze was for Amartuvshin Dashdavaa of Mongolia who won against Tsjakadoea.
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