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Fabio Basile captures first victory of 2020 in Tel Aviv

24 Jan 2020 17:35

The first male final at day two in Tel Aviv was a final between regulars of major events since it opposed the 2018 European Champion, Ferdinand Karapetian of Armenia and the Olympic champion U66kg Fabio Basile of Italy. With a serious run in the preliminary rounds, the Italian returns to his top level at the best time while the final stretch before the Tokyo Games is now wide open for all athletes. Due to an injury Ferdinand Karapetian couldn't compete Read more

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Katharina Haecker takes the honours for Australia

24 Jan 2020 17:05

If the first day of competition had been dominated by Japan and Korea with two gold medals each, this second day was marked by the domination of European countries (Gold medal for Great Britain, Italy and Russia) while the Australian anthem also resounded in the stadium with the magnificent victory of Katharina Haecker who won the first ever IJF World Tour title for her country. Read more

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Kaja Kajzer shows her potential once more

23 Jan 2020 20:05

The final for women U57kg took long minutes of golden score for the victory to finally tip over to Kaja Kajzer of Slovenia against Helene Receveaux of France, on a somewhat confused action initiated by Receveaux but concluded on a counter by Kajzer. Read more

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An Ba-Ul dominates men’s U66kg

23 Jan 2020 20:00

An Ba-Ul was the big man at the first day of the Grand Prix in Tel Aviv, the opening of the IJF World Tour. Korean An qualified for the final against Yerlan Serikzhanov (KAZ). An needed less than thirty seconds to score a first Waza-ari to take a serious advantage on the final victory, which he confirmed a few moments later with a second Waza-ari on a left shoulder movement. Read more

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Maeda Chishima doubles the gold rush for Japan

23 Jan 2020 19:55

At the Grand Prix in Tel Aviv the category U52kg was a 100% Asian final with Jeong Bokyeong of Korea and Maeda Chishima of Japan qualified to climb onto the highest step of the podium. The battle for kumi-kata was fierce for much of a knife-drawn final, but it was Maeda that finally won after impeccable Japanese ground work once again: ippon after an immobilisation. Read more

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Kim Won Jin back on track for Olympics

23 Jan 2020 19:45

The first men's final in Tel Aviv was between Turkish Mihrac Akkus and Korean Kim Won Jin, demonstrating the high quality of the Korean team engaged in Tel Aviv. Read more

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Natsumi Tsunoda sets the tone in Tel Aviv

23 Jan 2020 19:40

The Tel Aviv Grand Prix, which opens an exciting Olympic season and whose first day of competition ended with the gold medals obtained by Japan (2), Korea (2) and Slovenia (1). Read more