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Home youngster Tatsukawa wins as Ono pulls out and Hashimoto takes bronze

2 Dec 2017 12:20

Tatsukawa Arata was an unexpected winner of the U73kg category as he overcame a fellow surprise finalist in Hohhot Grand Prix silver medallist Arthur Margelidon (CAN). Japan was always expected to be triumphant in this category having won the world title at this wait every year since 2010 but the source of the gold medal was one of the biggest shocks of the 2017 season. Read more

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World silver medallist Yoshida wins as Japan take a clean sweep

2 Dec 2017 12:05

World silver medallist Yoshida Tsukasa (JPN) led an all-Japanese quartet onto the U57kg medal podium as Japan kept all four medals in judo’s founding country. Yoshida defeated six-time Grand Slam medallist Yamamoto Anzu (JPN) in the U57kg final in a battle attrition with both judoka having two shido penalties to their names going into golden score. Read more

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World champion Hifumi Abe in a league of his own

2 Dec 2017 11:30

World champion Abe Hifumi has now won 28 consecutive contests after winning four of his five contests by ippon today. Abe, who had already seen his younger sister Abe Uta win U52kg gold, fulfilled his part by defeating a game Joshiro Maruyama (JPN) who was appearing in his first Grand Slam final. Read more

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Japan’s 17-year-old wonderkid Abe Uta wins her first Grand Slam

2 Dec 2017 11:05

Junior world champion Abe Uta won her first Grand Slam gold medal as she improved on her silver medal from a year ago. Abe faced Sofia European Open silver medallist Tatsukawa Rina (JPN) in the U52kg final and emerged triumphant after just 46 seconds with an ippon seoi-nage earning the maximum score as the Abe siblings proved to be unstoppable on home soil. Read more

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World champion Naohisa Takato earns his eighth Grand Slam gold medal

2 Dec 2017 10:30

Two-time and reigning world champion Takato Naohisa won the U60kg title to celebrate an eighth Grand Slam gold medal and to extend his winning streak to 18 contests. Takato faced former world silver medallist Dashdavaa Amartuvshin (MGL) in the final and both judoka were tentative as they accumulated two shidos apiece in regulation time. Read more

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Olympic and world bronze medallist Ami Kondo strikes in Tokyo

2 Dec 2017 10:00

Olympic and world bronze medallist Kondo Ami started Japan’s gold medal rush by winning the first final on day one of the Tokyo Grand Slam 2017. Former world champion Kondo took advantage of a slip by her opponent and world number one Munkhbat Urantsetseg (MGL) as the Japanese trapped the Mongolian in osaekomi for 20 seconds in golden score to clinch the U48kg title. Read more

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World number one Aleksandar Kukolj aiming for title prolongation in Tokyo

1 Dec 2017 14:15

Korea is by far the most successful country winning the Grand Slam title in Tokyo for men. Korean men have captured 11 titles since the first Grand Slam in 2008. Kim SungMin was the most successful wining three editions. Wang Ki-Chun won twice. Still it’s not easy for foreigners to win in the home of judo. Only 16 foreign men won the Grand Slam on Tokyo. Last year Aleksandar Kukolj (SRB) and Kirill Denisov (RUS) were in form. Read more

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