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Japanese newcomer Kenzo Tagawa tastes his first IJF gold

23 Feb 2018 20:55

Kenzo Tagawa of Japan stamped his name on the IJF World Judo Tour in Düsseldorf by pipping judo idol and European Champion Georgii Zantaraia (UKR) to -66kg gold. World number 205 Tagawa, 21, attained IJF gold for first time on his first Grand Slam assignment outside of Japan as he held firm against human highlight reel Zantaraia who was at his mercurial best for the majority of the day. Read more

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Ryuju Nagayama takes pole position U60kg as World Ranking Leader

23 Feb 2018 20:40

Nagayama Ryuju of Japan took the world number one ranking from his club and national colleague Takato Naohisa (JPN) who looked on from the stands at the ISS Dome. Former Junior World Championships winner Nagayama, 21, won his third Grand Slam title by defeating Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner Robert Mshvidobadze (RUS) in the -60kg final. Read more

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First gold World Tour gold for Nekoda Smythe Davis

23 Feb 2018 19:40

At the Grand Slam of Düsseldorf Nekoda Smythe-Davis won the gold medal at the Grand Slam in Düsseldorf after her final U57kg. In a new venue Nekoda Davis again succeeded to take a medal, but this time it was gold and that was a premier performance at this Grand Slam level. Never she won gold in the IJF World Tour. Read more

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Düsseldorf gearing up for first Grand Slam in new venue

22 Feb 2018 09:05

For the Grand Slam in Düsseldorf starting on Friday 446 athletes are registered, more than the 344 of last year. In the previous years 2015 and 2016 more than 500 athletes competed. This edition judoka from 65 nations will face each other at the ISS Dome a new competition hall at Grand Slam level. Read more

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Soichi Hashimoto heavily penalised for at least 6 months

21 Feb 2018 15:45

Discipline is a key asset in the Japanese team. Coach Kosei Inoue is strict and doesn’t allow unauthorized behavior. Once again, when it comes to disciplinary matters, the Japanese have confirmed straight rules. This time, Soichi Hashimoto, the U73kg world champion, let an unauthorised friend enter the building of the Japanese Institute of Sports Sciences on 8 February. Read more

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Switching judokas increase in the road to Tokyo2020

20 Feb 2018 16:40

Switching nations seems are still a trend, as judo is overwhelmed with judoka who switch nation, either to get a chance, either to get better financial circumstances. Although switches all from all times, but this Olympic cycle it's a method. With the latest three Mongolian athletes a new wave of many has started with the Tokyo 2020 Games ahead more will follow Read more

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Georgians Saneblidze and Bughadze showcase their skills in Oberwart

18 Feb 2018 19:45

Two Georgian heavyweights secured two gold medals at the last and second day of the European Open in Oberwart. On Saturday Azerbaijan had won two titles and after gold for Lukas Reiter for Austria U73kg it was planned to collect another few medals for the host nation, but the scenario was written differently. Read more

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