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World champion Dorjsuren beats Olympic champion in Rio 2016 final rematch

26 Oct 2017 19:05

Mongolian World champion Dorjsuren Sumiya delivered Grand Slam Gold in Abu Dhabi after she defeated Rio 2016 Olympic champion Rafaela Silva of Brazil in a rematch and reverse of the Olympic final to underline her superiority and control of the category. For Dorjsuren a confirmation she should have won the Olympic final. Although Silva started attacking from the first second of the contest. Read more

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Robert Mshvidobadze triumphs at a Grand Slam at the 18th attempt

26 Oct 2017 18:55

Russian European Champion Robert Mshvidobadze won Grand Slam gold for the first time after beating Brazilian Felipe Kitadai in the U60kg in Abu Dhabi. Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Mshvidobadze made his Grand Slam debut in 2010 and has travelled to the IJF’s showcase events all over the world without reaching top spot. Read more

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Belgium’s Van Snick signals arrival at U52kg after first Grand Slam win

26 Oct 2017 18:45

Belgian Charline Van Snick accomplished a career first to put her rivals on notice as the long-time U48kg star won her first Grand Slam gold medal. World number three Erika Miranda (BRA), one of the most consistent judoka in the category, took bronze at the World Championships in August but was not prepared for Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Van Snick. Read more

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Irina Dolgova repeats in Abu Dhabi for Russia

26 Oct 2017 18:05

Russian Irina Dolgova won in Abu Dhabi for the second time as the young Russian showed all the promise and potential that everyone knows she possesses in spades. Rio 2016 Olympian Dolgova, 22, repeated her 2015 Grand Slam victory in the U.A.E to clinch her second gold medal on this stage with a nail-biting triumph over four-time Grand Slam medallist Milica Nikolic (SRB). Read more

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Abu Dhabi Grand Slam hosts top stars in women's judo

25 Oct 2017 16:10

The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam this week will feature a number of interesting ingredients looking at the women’s division. World Champions Sumiya Sorjsuren (MGL) and Mayra Aguiar (BRA) will be fighting. Abu Dhabi Title defenders Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh (KAZ), Guusje Steenhuis (NED) and Maria Suelen Altheman (BRA) are present and Olympic Champions Paula Pareto (ARG) and Rafaela Silva (BRA) will show their best. Furthermore some nice comeback such as Laura Vargas Koch who had been injured for a long time. Read more

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Basile fighting U73kg, Israeli team under IJF flag in Abu Dhabi Grand Slam

25 Oct 2017 15:35

The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam is one of five Grand Slams on the IJF World Judo Tour and is the premier judo event in the region. For many athletes the circumstances and weather conditions are a good reason to fly to Abu Dhabi each year. The Grand Slam of Abu Dhabi grew to an important event and will for some heavyweight athletes be a preparation on the Open Weight World Championships in November in Marakech. Read more

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Grand Slam Abu Dhabi includes Israeli team but under IJF flag

25 Oct 2017 13:15

The IJF World Judo Tour has arrived in the Middle East for the fourth Grand Slam of the season as Olympic and world champions enter the fray at the IPIC Arena from Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 October. The new about the Israeli team dominated the start of the Grand Slam. The Israeli team can only fight under the IJF flag in the UAE. The team of twelve athletes arrived in Abu Dhabi one hour later than planned as the visas were not available and the flight was gone by then. Read more

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