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Japan strongest team in all age categories

20 Oct 2019 20:45

Japan and Georgia were the best two nations at the individual tournament of the World Junior Championships. Japan entered the final by defeating France on a score of 4 wins to 2 in the semifinal, Georgia failed to confirm its status of nation number 2 of the championships. Read more

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IJF Refugee Mohammad Rashnonezhad captures bronze in Malaga

20 Oct 2019 13:20

For everyone who thought that the refugee team would not measure up to the highest level already has an answer. The answer is called Mohammad Rashnonezhad. At the European Cup in Malaga he captured the bronze medal. Read more

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Sosuke Matsumura gives Japan best ever World Championships day

19 Oct 2019 20:10

The last final of the day and of the individual tournament opposed the silver medallist of the Asia-Oceania Junior championships, Matsumura Sosuke (JPN), and the silver medallist of the junior European Championships Erik Abramov (GER). Not impressed by the already consistent harvest of the day for the Japanese team, and by the difference in weight, Abramov bravely tried his luck, but, without having anything to regret, he finally succumbed to the attacks of Matsumura, who scored waza-ari before concluding with an immobilization. Read more

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Japan discovers another heavyweight talent in Ruri Takahashi

19 Oct 2019 19:30

The Japanese women dominated the World Championships at the last day. In Marrakesh, Asia was the dominating continent inthe +78kg category as Takahashi Ruri of Japan, winner of the St Petersburg Junior European Cup in April, and Kim Hayun (KOR), finalist of the Tashkent Grand Prix last September, qualified for the final. Read more

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Japan continues to find gold with Kazunari Kamigaki

19 Oct 2019 19:15

Everyone was expecting to see the defending world junior champion, Gela Zaalishvili (GEO), in the final of the Junior World Championships, but he was quickly eliminated by Matsumura Sosuke (JPN), on a superb ura-nage during the preliminary rounds. It was not even Matsumura who qualified for the final, but Kamigaki Kazunari (JPN). As one Georgian can always hide another one it is Ilia Sulamanidze who was competing for the gold medal of the category. Read more

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Rinoko Wada opens Japanese domination day

19 Oct 2019 19:10

At the end of the first category of the day, Renee Van Harselaar of the Netherlands, ranked only fifth of the last European Junior Championships, managed to reach the final against the Japanese and defending world title holder, Wada Rinoko (JPN) at the world final for women U78kg in Marrakesh. Read more

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Lasha Bekauri completes the Georgian party

18 Oct 2019 18:45

The third day of the Junior World Championships ended with Georgia taking the lead of the medal table ahead of Japan, with three titles. If the defending Junior World Champion, Lasha Bekauri of Georgia confirmed that he is the strongest junior in his weight division, Vladimir Akhalkatsi also won gold, showing that their country will continue to play a major role in the judo world in the years to come. Read more