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Cuban legend Ortiz wins fifth Grand Prix title

15 Oct 2018 09:55

World silver medallist Idalys Ortiz of Cuba defeated double world silver medallist Maria Suelen Altheman (BRA) for the 14th time in her career to win her fifth Grand Prix gold medal. The Cuban legend, who has won all three colours of Olympic medals available, is already a leading contender for Tokyo 2020 and was unbeatable in Mexico on Sunday. Read more

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Rika Takayama gives Japan a 100% success rate in Cancun

15 Oct 2018 09:40

Takayama Rika of Japan defeated double Olympic bronze medallist Mayra Aguiar (BRA) to win her second Grand Prix title. World number 18 and Two-time Grand Slam winner Takayama, who won the 2016 Qingdao Grand Prix, is behind judoka such as world champion Hamada Shori (JPN), former world champion Umeki Mami (JPN) and Asian Games winner Sato Ruika (JPN) who is undefeated this year. Read more

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Michaela Polleres completes Austrian double on day two

14 Oct 2018 08:10

Michaela Polleres defeated Warsaw European Open bronze medallist Gabriella Willems (BEL) to win her first IJF World Judo Tour title in Mexico. Austria won U63kg and U70kg gold as both of the women’s weight categories contested on the second day belonged to the in-form European nation. Read more

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Austrian Magdalena Krssakova takes gold at Cancun Grand Prix

14 Oct 2018 08:00

Austrian Magdalena Krssakova completed her Grand Prix hat-trick with victory on day two in Mexico. Former Tyumen Grand Slam gold medallist Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (CAN) took silver as Krssakova won her third Grand Prix gold and the most important title of her career. Read more

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Belgium’s Sami Chouchi edges closer to the world's elite

14 Oct 2018 07:55

Sami Chouchi of Belgium secured his first IJF World Judo Tour gold medal at the expense of former world bronze medallist Victor Penalber (BRA). European Championships silver medallist Chouchi starred during the preliminaries with his trademark uchi-mata lighting up the competition. Read more

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Sweden’s Tommy Macias makes his mark in Mexico

14 Oct 2018 07:50

World number seven Tommy Macias (SWE) beat former World Judo Masters gold medallist Denis Iartcev (RUS) at this own game as the Swede used his clever footwork and lethal ashi-waza to win his second Grand Prix title. Read more

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Dutch delight for Tornike Tsjakadoea who earns first IJF title

13 Oct 2018 09:30

Dutchman Tornike Tsjakadoea defeated Minsk European Open silver medallist Luka Mkheidze (FRA) to win the U60kg title of the Grand Prix in Cancun. Mkheidze took the lead with a waza-ari score after 89 seconds before his rival fought back. Tsjakadoea is finally a lightweight who breaks through,a long wish of the Dutch team. Read more

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