News

The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com

Takanori Nagase claims second Grand Prix title in a month

28 Jul 2019 01:10

 Mark Pickering - IJF    Tino Maric - CJF / Croatian Judo Federation
20190727_zagreb_tm_finals_day2_dsc4323_takanori_nagase

Former world champion Nagase Takanori of Japan won his second Grand Prix title in July as he followed up on his Montreal win by going unbeaten in Zagreb. Olympic bronze medallist Nagase bested London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Antoine Valois-Fortier (CAN) by ippon in the final in a first-time meeting between two of the leading judoka in one of judo’s most fascinating weight categories. The victory for the Japanese also nudged his country up to the top of the medal table.

In the first semi-final world champion Saeid Mollaei (IRI) fell to Valois-Fortier after two minutes of golden score by a waza-ari score as the latter lured in the Iranian and countered him for a place in the final. In the second semi-final Nagase brushed aside former Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Robin Pacek (SWE) by the maximum score.

The first bronze medal was won by Budapest Grand Prix winner Tato Grigalashvili (GEO) in just 50 seconds as he subdued Pacek, who initially led by a marginal waza-ari score, by ippon in an all-action contest.                                          

The second bronze medal went to world number one  Mollaei after two-time Grand Slam silver medallist Lee Seungsu (KOR) was penalised three times and was disqualified as the Iranian earned his sixth Grand Prix medal ahead of his title defence next month in Tokyo.


Donate if you like what we do

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Takanori Nagase (JPN) - Grand Prix Zagreb (2019, CRO) - © Klaus Müller, Watch: https://km-pics.de/
  • Antoine Valois-Fortier (CAN) - Grand Prix Zagreb (2019, CRO) - © Tino Maric - CJF, Croatian Judo Federation
  • Saeid Mollaei (MGL) - Grand Prix Zagreb (2019, CRO) - © Tino Maric - CJF, Croatian Judo Federation

Related Judo News

20190705_ijf_montreal_57_final_edf_deguchi_christa_klimkait_jessica

Canada, Australia and Poland withdraw from the Games in 2020

23 Mar 2020 09:15

Canada, Australia and Poland will not send athletes to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo because of the risks associated with the coronavirus outbreak, the Olympic committees for both countries said in separate statements. All countries' Olympic committees also are calling for the Games to be postponed until 2021. Read more

20190828_tokyo_rb_81_podium_antoine_valois_fortier

A very special for Canadian Antoine Valois-Fortier

28 Aug 2019 20:35

Antoine Valois-Fortier was patient and relentless on Wednesday to win his bronze medal in U81 kg at the World Judo Championships in Tokyo, in Japan. The Quebecois had to fight a total of seven bouts before enjoying his third World Championship podium, a very special moment for him. Read more

20190828_tokyo_ijf_81_final_gs_muki_sagi_3

Sagi Muki is the first male world champion for Israel

28 Aug 2019 14:30

An exciting tournament U81kg at the World Championships with Sagi Muki as the new World Champion. In the final he defeated belgian prodigy Matthias Casse another time. Muki and Casse know each-other inside out but again Muki was able to take this match and captured the first world title for his country. Belgium is left with empty hands, of six world finals they lost all six. Read more

judocanada_gp_ad_310x310

Canadian athletes eager to stand out at Grand Prix Montreal

2 Jul 2019 09:20

Almost a year before the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, on July 5-7, the world’s best judokas will be gathered at the Maurice-Richard Arena for the Montreal Grand Prix. As part of the Olympic qualification process, 49 Canadian athletes will have a chance to score valuable points, and they’ll do it in front of a home crowd, a precious asset for them. Read more

20190426_panlima_rb_6575_etienne_briand_antoine_valois_fortier

Canadians strike at second day in Lima

27 Apr 2019 06:10

The Canadian team had an incredible day at the Pan American Championships in Lima (Peru), where they won a total of six medals on Friday: two gold, two silver and two bronze. Read more