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Nazim Huseynov, national judo hero in Azerbaijan

29 May 2018 14:55

Nazim Huseynov. This name may not tell you much. Yet he is a true legend in his country, Azerbaijan, since he won the first Olympic gold medal obtained by an Azeri athlete after the independence of his country. Read more

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Italian girls impress at European Cup for Cadets in Coimbra

27 May 2018 23:55

The Italian girls showed their capabilities at the Cadet European Cup in Coimbra. In Portugal the Italians took five gold medals and 10 in various colours. The Azeri young men were strong with seven medals including three golds, but also the Italian boys were able to claim seven medals. Read more

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Legend Naidan win first Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifier

27 May 2018 15:35

At the Grand Prix in Hohhot Mongolian legend and world bronze medallist Naidan Tuvshinbayar won his first IJF gold medal since 2015 as he rolled back the years with a vintage display to once again prolong his career as an elite judoka. Read more

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Louis Wijdenbosch candidate as head coach for Georgia

27 May 2018 15:30

Louis Wijdenbosch (53) is the major candidate to become the new head coach of the Georgian Judo Federation. The Dutchman won Olympic gold as coach of the Dutch team when Mark Huizinga captured the Olympic title in 2000. Within the Belgian team Wijdenbosch coached Elco van der Geest to the European titles in 2010. Read more

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GuHam Cho builds momentum towards the World Championships

27 May 2018 15:05

Cho Guham of Korea showed his World Championships title ambitions as he swept through a world-class field to finally defeat The Hague Grand Prix winner Kazbek Zankishiev (RUS) in the U100kg final. Both judoka were fighting for a third Grand Prix gold medal and it was the Korean Tokyo Grand Slam winner who reigned supreme to become one of the leading contenders for World gold in Baku this year. Read more

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Fourth Grand Prix gold for DongHan Gwak

27 May 2018 14:45

Former world champion Gwak Donghan of Korea helped to send his country to second place in the medal table by outfighting Ekaterinburg Grand Slam bronze medallist Gantulga Altanbagana (MGL). Olympic bronze medallist Gwak was the favourite against the 2017 Antalya Grand Prix winner from Mongolia and lived up to his billing as he forced Gantulga to make three infringements in the final. Read more

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Teenager Akira Sone secures first IJF World Judo Tour title

27 May 2018 14:40

Youngster Akira Sone ruled the women’s heavyweight category at the Grand Prix Hohhot with a comprehensive win over Paris Grand Slam winner Kim Minjeong (KOR). All Japan Openweight Championships winner Sone , 17, caught Kim with an ouchi-gari for a waza-ari score with one minute left on the clock and added a second by osaekomi to earn Japan’s seventh gold medal at the first qualifier for their home Olympics. Read more

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