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World number one Aleksandar Kukolj completes Grand Slam hat-trick

18 Mar 2018 16:05

World number one Aleksandar Kukolj of Serbia started his season with gold on Sunday to tighten his grip of the U90kg category. The Serbian judoka scored twice without reply against unexpected finalist and Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Yahor Varapayeu of Belarus, who was the winner of the European Open in Minsk, a good indication of his strength Read more

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Maria Portela again strong in Russia and back as world number one

18 Mar 2018 15:30

World number two Maria Portela of Brazil powered to victory in Russia to take over the world number one spot at U70kg for the first time in her career which is thriving of late. Portela, 30, won on the Grand Slam stage before in Moscow, Russia, in 2012 and is something of a Russia specialist having won the Masters in St. Petersburg in December. Read more

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Fujiwara Sotaro wins battle of Japanese youngsters

18 Mar 2018 15:05

Paris Grand Slam winner Fujiwara Sotaro of Japan won his second Grand Slam gold medal in as many months as he defeated compatriot Sasaki Takeshi (JPN) in the U81kg final, the first on day two. Sasaki, 21, only made his senior debut for his country in December at the Tokyo Grand Slam and then fought in Paris before being called upon for his first trip to Russia. Read more

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Priceless birthday present for Tsogtbaatar Tsend-Ochir

17 Mar 2018 19:45

Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Tsend-Ochir Tsogtbaatar struck U73kg gold as the young Mongolian defeated Düsseldorf Grand Slam bronze medallist Ferdinand Karapetian of Armenia. Tsogtbaatar became the youngest ever Grand Slam winner for Mongolia. He became 22 on Friday and gave himself a hell of a birthday present. Read more

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Nouchi Aimi wins again in Russia to end day one with top spot for Japan

17 Mar 2018 19:35

Nouchi Aimi of Japan won Russia’s Grand Slam in Efor the second time as the unseeded Japanese was the fighter of the day at U63kg. Nouchi, 22, who won the Tyumen Grand Slam in 2016 and Tunis Grand Prix silver medallist bested one-time Grand Slam winner Juul Franssen (NED) in the last final of the day. Read more

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Fifth Grand Slam crown for Portuguese ace Telma Monteiro

17 Mar 2018 19:10

Olympic bronze medallist and three-time world silver medallist Telma Monteiro op Portugal topped the U57kg medal podium of the Grand Slam in Ekaterinburg with a typically mature and calculated performance. Read more

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Natalia Kuziutina wins at home in first Grand Slam triumph since 2009

17 Mar 2018 18:30

Natalia Kuziutina loves fighting at home and was again the hero for Russia as she defeated four-time Grand Slam winner Erika Miranda (BRA) to win U52kg gold at the Grand Slam in Ekaterinburg. Read more

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