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Matthias Casse closes best year ever with gold

13 Dec 2019 13:50

World silver medallist Matthias Casse of Belgium won World Judo Masters gold after an impressive day in Qingdao. The 22-year-old became his country’s first Masters winner after a rematch of the World Championships final was not to be today with world champion Sagi Muki (ISR) picking up a rib injury during his semi-final. Read more

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Kim Polling captures fourth Masters title

13 Dec 2019 13:10

Dutch woman Kim Polling was at her explosive best as she defeated Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist Sanne Van Dijke (NED) to win the -70kg final. World number 12 Polling beat world number three Van Dijke by two scores without reply to maintain her rich vein of form at the end of 2019 after gracing three finals in a row on the IJF circuit. Read more

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Soichi Hashimoto returns to glory to complete Masters hat-trick

13 Dec 2019 12:50

Former world champion Hashimoto Soichi of Japan won the World Judo Masters for the third time as he returned to being Japan’s number two behind Olympic and world champion Ono Shohei (JPN). Hashimoto was awarded the victory after Zagreb Grand Prix winner Tohar Butbul (ISR) could not compete in the -73kg final due to injury. The Park 24 judoka topped the Masters podium as he did in 2016 and 2017 and will hang on to his slim chances of making the Olympics team with major selections still likely for him in 2020. Read more

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Nami Nabekura upsets Agbegnenou in reverse of 2018 final

13 Dec 2019 12:05

Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Nabekura Nami (JPN) defeated world champion Clarisse Agbegnenou (FRA) for the first time in a monumental victory to prise away the French superstar’s Masters crown. Nabekura showed her stamina to score on Agbegnenou after five minutes of additional time as the Japanese went under the world number one who marginally went over on her side for a waza-ari score. Read more

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Kim Jin A makes history for the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea

12 Dec 2019 14:10

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam gold medallist Kim Jin A of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea became her country’s first World Judo Masters champion with a riveting display in the U57kg category. Osaka Grand Slam winner Tamaoki Momo (JPN) met her match in the final as Kim pounced with a neat ashi-waza movement to offset the Tokyo 2020 contender for a waza-ari score to the delight of her travelling delegation. Read more

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Ai Shishime wins the Masters at her first attempt

12 Dec 2019 13:45

Former world champion Shishime Ai of Japan defeated world number one Amandine Buchard (FRA) to win World Judo Masters gold as she holds on to her feint hope of selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Shishime, who is behind double world champion Abe Uta (JPN) in the Japanese pecking order, made sure that Buchard ended her day on the losing side of a Masters final for the third time. Read more

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Italian starlet Manuel Lombardo aces Masters debut

12 Dec 2019 13:45

Italian super talent and Junior World Champion Manuel Lombardo won World Judo Masters gold by conquering four-time Grand Prix winner Ganbold Kherlen (MGL) in the U66kg final. The Italian Abu Dhabi Grand Slam winner made an immediate impact having qualified for his first Masters as he turned under the Mongolian to throw for a waza-ari score. Upon review, the score was upgraded as Ganbold had bridged to try to escape and in doing so endangered himself to slip to defeat via the maximum score. Read more

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