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New Grand Slam added in Brasilia 6-8 October

2 Apr 2019 17:30

Brazil is back on the route of international judo events. Three years after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Brazilian judokas will once again feel the taste of competing at home with a Grand Slam in the city of Brasilia held from 6-8 October this year. Read more

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Kazbek Zankishiev salvages gold for Russia

31 Mar 2019 17:25

Russian Kazbek Zankishiev won his country’s first and only gold medal in Tbilisi as he prevailed against a shot-shy Cancun Grand Prix bronze medallist Rafael Buzacarini (BRA). The Brazilian had never won an IJF gold medal and you could see why on this showing as he picked up three shidos to gift the gold medal to the Russian Hohhot Grand Prix silver medallist who now has a hat-trick of Grand Prix titles. Read more

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Levan Matiashvili beats man-mountain Vakhaviak for gold

31 Mar 2019 17:20

Georgian heavyweight Levani Matiashvili won his home Grand Prix for the second time in his career to end the Tbilisi tournament with heavyweight gold for the hosts. World number 44 Matiashvili repeated his 2015 Tbilisi win by dispatching Tel Aviv Grand Prix bronze medallist Aliaksandr Vakhaviak (BLR) with a makikomi after four minutes of golden score to send the home crowd wild. Read more

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Loriana Kuka steers Kosovo to a 100% winning record

31 Mar 2019 17:05

Kosovo’s Loriana Kuka gave her country their second gold medal from their two-strong team in Tbilisi. Kuka, who only made her Grand Prix debut a year ago, followed in the footsteps of her teammate Nora Gjakova (KOS) who won U57kg gold on day one. The world number 16 scored twice against former world bronze medallist Kaliema Antomarchi (CUB) who will have to fight again in order to win her first IJF title. Read more

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Ivan Silva Morales completes Grand Prix treble

31 Mar 2019 16:10

Cuban World silver medallist Ivan Felipe Silva Morales clinched his third Grand Prix gold medal as he bested 2018 Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist Giorgi Papunashvili (GEO) in the -90kg final. The unfortunate Papunashvili finished second for the second year in a row as he noticeably tired in golden score while Silva Morales still looked fresh and pushed the pace. Read more

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Julia Tolofua fights back tears after shock win

31 Mar 2019 16:05

French outsider Julia Tolofua was the surprise heavyweight winner on the last day in Tbilisi as the little-known +78kg fighter defeated Junior World Championships silver medallist Beatriz Souza (BRA) in the final. In her first IJF final Tolofua took the contest to the world number nine who was thrown with an o-soto-gari for a waza-ari score and that was the only time the scoreboard was summoned. Read more

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Frank de Wit rediscovers the taste of gold

30 Mar 2019 17:10

Former World number one Frank De Wit of the Netherlands won his country’s second gold medal of the day with a professional performance against number 108 Timo Cavelius (GER). De Wit went for broke in early exchanges before settling down and establishing his dominance as first-time IJF finalist Cavelius struggled to threaten the Dutch star. Read more

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