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Manuel Lombardo considered Young judoka of 2019
23 Dec 2019 15:35
World-class Italian hotshot Manuel Lombardo won three IJF events in 2019 starting with the opener, the Tel Aviv Grand Prix, and finishing in December with the Masters, on the back of victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam.
The U66kg ace also finished fifth at the Worlds and in Paris and Düsseldorf.
Turin native Lombardo also stunned then-world champion Abe Hifumi by throwing the Japanese with a modified kata-guruma not once but twice.
Italy’s latest starlet finished the year ranked number two in the world after going on a 10-0 run to finish his season on a high. Lombardo will be a major contender at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics having shown that he can beat anyone in the category.
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