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Fujiwara Sotaro wins battle of Japanese youngsters

22 Mar 2018 15:05

Paris Grand Slam winner Fujiwara Sotaro of Japan won his second Grand Slam gold medal in as many months as he defeated compatriot Sasaki Takeshi (JPN) in the U81kg final, the first on day two. Sasaki, 21, only made his senior debut for his country in December at the Tokyo Grand Slam and then fought in Paris before being called upon for his first trip to Russia. Read more


Also Hyoga Ota can win a Grand Slam

18 Mar 2018 18:05

Japanese youngster Ota Hyoga of Japan won the last final of the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam 2018 with a narrow win triumph over former European champion Henk Grol (NED) at +100kg. Ota, 20, was pitted against one of the most experienced and most accomplished judoka in the entire competition in two-time Olympic bronze medallist Grol. Read more


Larisa Ceric backs up top seed billing

18 Mar 2018 17:25

Larisa Ceric (BIH) won all three of her contests by the maximum score in Ekaterinburg to come away with her first Grand Slam title. Ceric defeated double world silver medallist Maria Suelen Altheman (BRA) in a final which failed to ignite as both judoka showed a lack of attacking intent. Read more


Russian Niyaz Ilyasov earns best male result at home

18 Mar 2018 17:05

Niyaz Ilyasov of Russia launched his 2018 season with a home gold medal and his maiden Grand Slam title in Ekaterinburg. Ilyasov, 22, repaid the faith team supremo Ezio Gamba showed in the former Junior World Championships winner by marching to the U100kg gold medal by dispatching some of the most experienced judoka in the category. Read more


Rika Takayama again takes gold in Russia

18 Mar 2018 16:30

Former Tyumen Grand Slam winner Takayama Rika of Japan won Grand Slam gold on Russian soil for the second time with a convincing display at U78kg. Read more


World number one Aleksandar Kukolj completes Grand Slam hat-trick

18 Mar 2018 16:05

World number one Aleksandar Kukolj of Serbia started his season with gold on Sunday to tighten his grip of the U90kg category. The Serbian judoka scored twice without reply against unexpected finalist and Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Yahor Varapayeu of Belarus, who was the winner of the European Open in Minsk, a good indication of his strength Read more


Maria Portela again strong in Russia and back as world number one

18 Mar 2018 15:30

World number two Maria Portela of Brazil powered to victory in Russia to take over the world number one spot at U70kg for the first time in her career which is thriving of late. Portela, 30, won on the Grand Slam stage before in Moscow, Russia, in 2012 and is something of a Russia specialist having won the Masters in St. Petersburg in December. Read more

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