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Henk Grol stuns to second Paris gold with 9 year gap

9 Feb 2020 22:50

World number seven Henk Grol of the Netherlands ripped up the script and forced the rows of journalists to rewrite their fleeting headlines after beating World Judo Masters bronze medallist Kageura Kokoro (JPN) to win heavyweight gold. It was in 2011 that Henk Grol captured the Paris gold but then in his class U100kg. Aged 34 he seems to be on course for a place in Tokyo. Read more

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First Grand Slam triumph for Romane Dicko

9 Feb 2020 19:50

The French crowd witnessed the emergence of a new star as Tel Aviv Grand Prix winner Romane Dicko dominated world number eight Maryna Slutskaya of Belarus to provide the hosts with women’s heavyweight gold. Read more

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Nikoloz Sherazadishvili seals fourth Grand Slam victory

9 Feb 2020 19:25

Former world champion from Spain Nikoloz Sherazadishvili (ESP) won his first Paris Grand Slam title as he surged past former world bronze medallist Nagasawa Kenta (JPN). World number one Sherazadishvili launched Nagasawa with a gigantic o-goshi as the Japanese judoka must have felt like he was in the air for a lifetime before being sent over for ippon. Read more

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Madeleine Malonga secures Olympic selection

9 Feb 2020 18:10

French World champion Madeleine Malonga defeated World Judo Masters winner Fanny Estelle Posvite (FRA) in a disappointing final as both judoka cancelled each other out and were reluctant to take any risks. World number one Malonga retained her Paris title by seeing off world number 13 Posvite, who moved up from -70kg to -78kg a year ago, on shidos to the frustration of the home crowd. Read more

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Yoko Ono illustrates Olympic credentials with Paris gold

9 Feb 2020 17:50

Osaka Grand Slam winner Yoko Ono of Japan defeated Hohhot Grand Prix winner Saki Niizoe with one of the throws of the day to capture her fifth Grand Slam title. Ono, who almost scored at will in the preliminaries with her lethal uchi-mata, caught her colleague in golden score with a textbook ippon-seoi-nage which was lapped up by the appreciative crowd. Read more

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Paris headliner Clarisse Agbegnenou wins for the sixth time

8 Feb 2020 19:55

Four-time world champion Clarisse Agbegnenou appropriately ended day one on a high for the hosts as the leading attraction on Saturday powered to gold. Agbegnenou, who was encouraged as always by the familiar and deafening chants of ‘Clarisse, Clarisse’, avenged her World Judo Masters final defeat at the hands of Tokyo 2020 contender Nabekura by ippon from a ura-nage. Read more

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Christa Deguchi completes Paris treble

8 Feb 2020 19:35

Unstoppable world champion Christa Deguchi (CAN) ruled in Paris for the third year in a row as the world number one dispatched former world champion Dorjsuren Sumiya (MGL) in the U57kg final. Deguchi earned her fourth Grand Slam title overall by catching Dorjsuren with a tomoe-nage for a waza-ari score and comfortably saw out her advantage to start her season with a customary gold in France. Read more