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First round clash: Tato Grigalashvili (GEO) vs Nagase Takanori (JPN) U81kg

15 Mar 2019 13:30

 Mark Pickering - IJF    Christian Fidler
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One of the most interesting first round clashes at the Grand Slam of Ekaterinburg will be between Tato Grigalashvili (GEO) v former world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Nagase Takanori (JPN) in the U81kg class at the second day in Russia.

Nagase Takanori (JPN) will open his 2019 season with a tricky contest against 19-year-old Gland Slam debutant Tato Grigalashvili (GEO).

Nagase started his road back to Tokyo 2020 with bronze at the Osaka Grand Slam in November but still remains a lowly number 153 in the world and has fallen down the pecking order behind world number three Fujiwara Sotaro (JPN) and world number five Sasaki Takeshi (JPN).

Junior European Championships silver medallist Grigalashvili looks set to be a more troublesome opponent than his limited record suggests.

The world number 73 took silver at the Junior European Championships last year which will not worry the Japanese. However, the 19-year-old holds a win over reigning world champion Saeid Mollaei (IRI), who he threw twice with first a tsuri-goshi and then a tsurikomi-goshi, and has nothing to lose in Saturday’s exciting second round meeting.

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