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Ryuju Nagayama smells his chance in Paris

30 Jan 2020 07:55

 Mark Pickering - IJF    IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio / International Judo Federation
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Nagayama afforded the chance to strike first in 2020 as Takato awaits Dusseldorf chance. World number one Nagayama Ryuju (JPN) gets a headstart on his teammate Takato Naohisa and rival for Japan’s U60th berth in Tokyo, as he, and he alone, has received the call-up for Paris.

The two-time World Judo Masters winner, 23, has been a consistent performer on the IJF World Judo Tour with bronze medals at the 2018 and 2019 Worlds.

While Takato is something of a Paris specialist as a four-time winner at one of the sport’s most renowned competitions, Nagayama has only fought there once before in 2017 when he fell in the second round.

Takato is in a more comfortable position having three world titles to his name and two in this cycle (2018 and 2019) but fellow Tokai University man Nagayama can turn up the pressure on his colleague by producing something special in France which he is more than capable of doing.

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