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France’s Margaux Pinot wins her best prize on the IJF World Judo Tour

28 Oct 2018 19:20

French Margaux Pinot won her first Grand Slam title with victory over The Hague Grand Prix bronze medallist Miriam Butkereit (GER) in the -70kg final. From a U70kg field featuring Olympic and world medallists it was France’s Glasgow European Open winner Pinot who finished unbeaten to earn her country’s first gold medal in Abu Dhabi. Read more

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Double Olympic medallist Lasha Shavdatuashvili clinches first Grand Slam title

28 Oct 2018 19:20

London 2012 Olympic champion and Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Lasha Shavdatuashvili (GEO) has now won as many Grand Slam titles as he has Olympic titles. The Georgian star, who took silver at the Paris Grand Slam in February, finally topped the medal podium at a Grand Slam in his 11th attempt by a waza-ari score against Akil Gjakova (KOS) in the reverse result from the first Grand Slam of the year. Read more

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Dutch delight for Juul Franssen in Abu Dhabi

28 Oct 2018 19:10

Dutch Juul Franssen won her second Grand Slam gold medal with a victory over Agadir Grand Prix winner Andreja Leski (SLO) in the -63kg final. World Championships bronze medallist Franssen extended her head-to-head record over the Slovenian to 2-0 with a measured performance as she countered a tired tai-otoshi attempt from Tokyo 2020 candidate Leski to roll over her adversary after four minutes of golden score for a match-winning waza-ari. Read more

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Israel and IJF ink contract for Tel Aviv Grand Prix in January

28 Oct 2018 15:55

Israel will have a Grand Prix in 2019. In Abu Dhabi the IJF and the Israel Judo Association. IJF President Marius Vizer, Israel's Sports and Culture Minister Ms. Miri Regev and Israel Judo Association President Moshe Ponte signed a groundbreaking deal for Israel to host a Grand Prix event for the first time in 2019. With Sagi Muki winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam the festivities got more excited, even at World Judo Day. Read more

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Third time lucky for Kosovo as Nora Gjakova wins gold U57kg

28 Oct 2018 13:10

European champion Nora Gjakova of Kosovo started her day as the number one seed and finished it as the gold medallist in the U57kg category. The Antalya Grand Prix winner earned her first Grand Slam title with a win over European Championships bronze medallist Anastasiia Konkina (RUS) after 59 seconds by ippon. Read more

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Vazha Margvelashvili gives Georgia second title in Abu Dhabi

28 Oct 2018 13:05

Georgian Vazha Margvelashvili won his first Grand Slam gold medal to guide Georgia to top spot in the medal table. World number four and Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Margvelashvili defeated world silver medallist Yerlan Serikzhanov (KAZ) with a late show in golden score. The Georgian threw his Kazakh opponent after 13 seconds of additional time with a seoi-otoshi to win gold in Abu Dhabi. Read more

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Giuffrida wins rematch of Olympic final against Kelmendi

28 Oct 2018 13:00

Italian Olympic silver medallist Odette Giuffrida won the rematch of the Rio 2016 Olympic final in Abu Dhabi. Both champions were unseeded here and had to work their way through the preliminaries to the final after a testing day for both. Read more

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