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Yusei Ogawa wins must-see 14-minute final against returning Krpalek

3 Dec 2017 11:55

Japanese heavyweight Ogawa Yusei was the unexpected winner of the last final of the Tokyo Grand Slam 2017 as he defeated U100kg Olympic champion Lukas Krpalek (CZE) in a bout for the ages. Their heavyweight duel was literally a thrill-a-minute meeting as both men were devoted to the cause for the four minutes of regulation time and the subsequent and sensational 10 minutes and one second of golden score. Read more

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Perfectionist Sarah Asahina rues manner of her victory but keeps winning

3 Dec 2017 11:45

Openweight world champion Asahina Sarah (JPN) won her home Grand Slam for the second year in a row to extend her lead at the helm of the +78kg rankings. Asahina, 21, won Grand Slam gold medal number four by outmaneuvering 17-year-old Junior world champion Sone Akira (JPN) who conceded three shidos. Read more

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Cho Guham wins in Tokyo for the second time in first outing of 2017

3 Dec 2017 11:05

Two-time Grand Prix winner Cho Guham of Korea marked his return to competition by winning the Tokyo Grand Slam for the second time as he found a solution to the Japanese conundrum. Cho, 25, had not fought since the Rio 2016 Olympics but is always committed to the cause for his country and could never let something like a lack of match readiness hold him back from taking honours back to South Korea. Read more

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Highly-impressive Shori Hamada steps up to claim maiden Grand Slam title

3 Dec 2017 10:55

Asian Championships winner Hamada Shori won her first Grand Slam gold medal in a category where Japan have had mixed success and several judoka can lay claim to being their the hosts’ best option at U78kg. Hamada is the latest judoka to cast their name forward as the fighter to call on at this weight as the 27-year-old, who has been infrequently exposed to the IJF World Judo Tour, won all five of her contests by ippon including the final against world number two Guusje Steenhuis (NED). Read more

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Kenta Nagasawa wins home Grand Slam for the first time

3 Dec 2017 10:30

Japanese Nagasawa Kenta won an all-Japanese final in Tokyo to win his second Grand Slam of the season. Ekaterinburg Grand Slam winner Nagasawa conquered Zagreb Grand Prix bronze medallist Kobayashi Yusuke (JPN) in the final with an uchi-mata after 30 seconds which had the crowd salivating. Read more

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Ono Yoko ousts world champion Arai in domestic battle

3 Dec 2017 10:05

World champion Arai Chizuru suffered defeat for the first time in 2017 and against a teammate as Ono Yoko (JPN) ruled the -70kg category. Arai, 24, has won the Paris Grand Slam, Dusseldorf Grand Prix, All Japan Championships and World Championships this year but did not look comfortable against her familiar domestic rival Ono who seized her opportunity with both hands to stake her claim for major selections in the New Year. Read more

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Otgonbaatar Uuganbaatar on top for Mongolia to close in on the leading pack

3 Dec 2017 09:45

Mongolian Otgonbaatar Uuganbaatar closed the gap at the summit of the U81kg weight category with a typically tenacious performance which was full of heart and skill. Abu Dhabi Grand Slam silver medallist Otgonbaatar was able to break the Japanese monopoly on the top spot on the medal podium despite not facing any Japanese judoka as he beat two South Korean’s, a fellow Mongolian and a Brazilian in a vigorous but rewarding day’s work. Read more

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