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Shohei Ono pips Ebinuma in dream clash

24 Nov 2018 15:35

Rio 2016 Olympic champion Ono Shohei had the measure of three-time world champion and double Olympic bronze medallist Ebinuma Masashi in arguably the best contest of the Osaka Grand Slam thus far. The long-time teammates have been rivals since Ebinuma moved up to U73kg earlier this year and Ono, the thrower of throwers, lost out to the U66kg ace at the All Japan Championships in April by ippon. Read more

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Chizuru Arai aces Osaka test in front of home fans

24 Nov 2018 15:30

Two-time and reigning world champion Arai Chizuru was peerless in the U70kg category as Japan concluded day two with gold. World Judo Masters bronze medallist Anna Bernholm (SWE), who had to beat two Japanese judoka to get to the final, will now break into the world’s top five after losing out by a single waza-ari score in a close final. Read more

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First Grand Slam title for Takeshi Sasaki

24 Nov 2018 15:20

Sasaki Takeshi of Japan was the last man standing for Japan in the U81kg category as he beat Budapest Grand Prix silver medallist Kohara Kenya (JPN) in the final. The Japanese pair cancelled each other out in regulation time but Sasaki took control in golden score and held down his colleague for 20 seconds and ippon to blow Japan’s battle for Tokyo 2020 wide open in a category which has not always served them well on the biggest stages in the sport. Read more

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Golden Masako Doi one of four Japanese medals

24 Nov 2018 15:10

Japanese middleweight Doi Masako topped the podium for Japan ahead of Asian Games winner Nabekura Nami (JPN). First-time Grand Slam finalist Doi won bronze last week in The Hague and defeated 2017 Japan Grand Slam silver medallist Nabekura in golden score after the latter was penalised for the third and final time for passivity. Read more

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Jessica Klimkait beats three Japanese on her way to gold

24 Nov 2018 15:00

Canadian judo talent Jessica Klimkait produced the performance of her career to win -57kg gold in Osaka. Cancun Grand Prix silver medallist Klimkait, who is locked in a battle with teammate Christa Deguchi in the race for Tokyo 2020, won her first Grand Slam crown at a crucial time in the Olympic qualification period with the season-ending World Judo Masters two weeks away. Read more

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Women's division U57kg packed with top players

23 Nov 2018 18:05

The U57kg division at the 2018 Osaka Grand Slam is jam-packed with lots of exciting players, including new ones as well as gold title defenders, a bit of a rarity in the sport, as both groups will fight their contests. Who are the ones to look out for? Read more

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World champion Abe Uta claims Grand Slam treble

23 Nov 2018 14:20

Teenage world champion Abe Uta of Japan won her third Grand Slam title to remain undefeated since 2016. The 18-year-old squared off with teammate and Asian Games winner Tsunoda Natsumi (JPN) in the -52kg final and avenged her only defeat on IJF World Judo Tour which came in the 2016 Tokyo Grand Slam final. Read more

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