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Sarah Asahina recovers from Olympic disappointment

23 Feb 2020 19:10

Double world champion Asahina Sarah of Japan earned her sixth Grand Slam title with a professional display against world number four Iryna Kindzerska (AZE) in the women’s heavyweight final. After missing out on selection for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which went in favour of teenager Sone Akira, Asahina returned to the competition circuit for the first time and with a wait of pressure lifted off her shoulders. Read more

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Shori Hamada puts on ne-waza masterclass in finals

23 Feb 2020 18:10

Former world champion Hamada Shori (JPN) dominated double Olympic bronze medallist Mayra Aguiar (BRA) to win her second Grand Slam gold medal. Hamada extended her winning record against the Brazilian to 3-0 by pinning down Aguiar for 20 seconds with a yoko-shiho-gatame. Read more

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Uzbek Davlat Bobonov strikes Grand Slam gold

23 Feb 2020 17:50

Davlat Bobonov of Uzbekistan needed just 59 seconds to defeat Marrakech Grand Prix bronze medallist Quedjau Nhabali (UKR) to win his first Grand Slam title on Sunday. World number 37 Bobonov, who is one of the leading projects under the leadership of the legendary Ilias Iliadis, emulated the exploits of his new head coach by thrilling the crowd with one of the best performances of the weekend. Read more

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Georgian youngster Tato Grigalashvili controls Olympic champion

22 Feb 2020 20:05

One-time Grand Prix gold medallist Tato Grigalashvili of Georgia delivered a commanding victory for Georgia as the world number 18 toyed with the Olympic champion Khasan Khalmurzaev (RUS) on his way to -81kg gold. The 20-year-old was unfazed by the calibre of his opposition in the final as the gold backpatch of the Russian only served to highlight just how impressive Grigalashvili was despite being relatively raw at this level. Read more

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Chizuru Arai inches closer to Olympic nod

22 Feb 2020 18:35

Former world champion Arai Chizuru (JPN) defeated Cancun Grand Prix silver medallist Gabriella Willems (BEL) to claim her seventh Grand Slam title. Despite an inspired display from the Belgian, Arai found a route past the gutsy first-time Grand Slam finalist after one minute of golden score. Read more

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King Shohei Ono dominates the field in Düsseldorf

22 Feb 2020 18:05

Olympic and world champion Shohei Ono defeated former world champion An Changrim (KOR) to win U73kg gold in the most anticipated category on day two. Tenri University superstar Ono clinched his fifth Grand Slam title as the 2019 world champion beat the 2018 world champion in a closely-contested final between two of the biggest stars in the sport. Read more

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Miku Tashiro beats Olympic champion for the 10th time

22 Feb 2020 17:55

Four-time world medallist Tashiro Miku of Japan kept her remarkable unbeaten run against Olympic champion Tina Trstenjak (SLO) intact as the Japanese judoka has now won all 10 of their meetings. World number two Trstenjak trailed world number three Tashiro by a waza-ari score from a o-uchi-gari and the latter offered a clinical finish on the ground with osaekomi to continue her country’s dominance in Germany. Read more