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An Ba-Ul, Paltchik and Dicko most successful athletes in 2020 so far
4 May 2020 16:25
An Ba-Ul, Peter Paltchik and Romane Dicko started their World Tour well in 2020. Their perhaps greatest year was interrupted by the coronavirus that totally messed up the society and sports. In the World Tour the Grand Prix of Tel Aviv and the Grand Slams of Paris and Düsseldorf were held. An, Paltchik and Dicko all won two World Tour events in Tel Aviv and Paris.
Japan was the most successful country which is not a surprise.
With 13 victories for Japan, 8 in Dusseldorf, 3 in Paris and 2 in Tel Aviv the number one judo nation dominated the pre-season. France won five gold medals, Korea four and Israel three.
Italian Carmine di Loreto won the men’s events in Sofia and Warsaw at European Open level. French Blandine Pont and Dutch woman Karen Stevenson both won gold and silver at the EJU events in Odivelas and Warsaw and were the best women at this level so far. Leonardo Goncalves won in Oberwart and took silver in Tel Aviv, also not a bad start.
Spanish Ai Tsunoda (17) became the youngest IJF World Tour medallist in Tel Aviv. Daria Bilodid (19) is still the youngest winner in the World Tour this year. Henk Grol became the remarkable 34-year winner of the Paris Grand Slam. He is second oldest ever winner in Paris. Seiji Sakaguchi won gold in 1977, just a month older than Grol. Noriko Mizoguchi.
Olympic Qualification period extended
The Olympic Qualification is meanwhile extended until 28th June 2021. Regardless of the restart of the IJF World Tour and regardless of the number of WRL events during this time all competitions will count for 100% in this period. There is no change for the final counting of the best 12 results (6 + 6). The best 6 results count for 100% during the extended period from 25th May 2019 till 28th June 2021.
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