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Young Polish judoka Łukasz Wala paralyzed after car crash

28 Feb 2018 09:25

Polish youngster Łukasz Wala crashed at a car incident in Polish at 17 February. The 18-year old judoka damaged the spine and suffered a fracture of the open right leg. Currently, Łukasz is after spinal and right leg surgery and is paralyzed from the waist down. Read more

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No heavyweight gold as both Japanese finalists disqualified

25 Feb 2018 19:25

Olympic silver medallist Harasawa Hisayoshi and two-time Grand Slam winner Ojitani Takeshi both from Japan were not expected to produce one of best contests of the competition when they were paired together but what materialised was an attack-shy final which culminated with a first double disqualification on this stage. Read more

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Fifth Grand Slam title for world champion Sarah Asahina

25 Feb 2018 19:05

Asahina Sarah of Japan has now won six of her last seven events but the Japanese starlet did it the hard way in Germany as she only produced one score in her four contests. Openweight world champion Asahina, 21, of Tokai University, began her season with gold in front of her parents with persistence being the order of the day. Read more

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Mikhail Igolnikov explodes at Grand Slam Düsseldorf

25 Feb 2018 18:35

At the third day of the Grand Slam in Düsseldorf Mikhail Igolnikov was the sensation of the day. For the first time in his career he won a World Tour event. Not just that, but he defeated Olympic Champion Mashu Baker in the final U90kg. Also Mashu Baker was an outperformer today with excellent judo. Read more

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Ruika Sato finds a way past world champion Aguiar

25 Feb 2018 18:30

Ruika Sato of Japan won her fourth Grand Slam title with a key win over world champion Mayra Aguiar of Brazil who had to open her season with a silver medal. Sato employed her usual combative style which put her Brazilian rival under pressure from the opening seconds which appeared to unsettle the owner of the red backpatch in the U78kg category. Read more

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Georgia’s captain Varlam Liparteliani takes over the U100kg lead

25 Feb 2018 18:30

Varlam Liparteliani of Georgia took control of the U100kg category just 12 months after stepping up from U100kg with five ippons from his five contests. Liparteliani, 29, clinched his first Grand Slam title since the jump as he defeated Tunis Grand Prix winner and world number 14 Ben Fletcher (IRL) in the final. Read more

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Mikhail Igolnikov upstages returning Olympic champion for gold

25 Feb 2018 17:45

Russian super talent Mikhail Igolnikov defeated Olympic champion Baker Mashu (JPN) to win his maiden Grand Slam crown. The 21-year-old Russian European U23 Champion, who was appearing in the final block at one of the IJF’s six majors for the first time, was the aggressor and threw the returning Baker with a nidan-kosoto-gari for ippon. Read more

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