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Akil Gjakova first man to win Grand Prix for Kosovo

28 Jul 2018 21:00

The men’s categories were also hotly-contested as Kosovo’s first and only male representative on the IJF World Judo Tour won more silverware than his female counterparts for the first time in history. Read more

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Germany’s Dominic Ressel wins first IJF gold medal

28 Jul 2018 20:45

Dominic Ressel (GER) achieved his first IJF World Judo Tour gold medal to mount pressure on his teammate and current world champion Alexander Wieczerzak (GER). Düsseldorf Grand Slam bronze medallist Ressel, 24, faced Agadir Grand Prix silver medallist Matthias Casse (BEL) in the U81kg final and both men were bidding for a first IJF gold medal on the senior stage. Read more

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Japanese youngster Nabekura beats Olympic champion in Zagreb

28 Jul 2018 20:30

The second day of the Zagreb Grand Prix produced winners from Kosovo, Germany, France and Japan as the diversity of elite level judo was on display in Croatia. Japan won their third title in Zagreb to tighten their grip of the medal table as Nabekura Nami ousted Olympic champion Tina Trstenjak of Slovenia in the U63kg final. Read more

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Marie-Eve Gahie takes precious gold in Zagreb

28 Jul 2018 20:30

Marie Eve Gahie of France won her first encounter with Düsseldorf Grand Slam winner Ono Yoko of Japan to capture U70kg gold in Zagreb. While world champion Arai Chizuru (JPN) is preparing to defend her title in Azerbaijan, Ono was handed an opportunity to impress but had to settle for silver. Read more

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Deguchi wins all-Canadian final for back-to-back Grand Prix gold

28 Jul 2018 12:00

Christa Deguchi of Canada won her fifth competition in a row and fifth in 2018 to continue her run through the category and up towards the summit of U57kg. Hohhot Grand Prix silver medallist Jessica Klimkait and Paris Grand Slam winner Deguchi – who have been teammates since 2017 – had met twice previously and the latter had won both of those contests which occurred in April and May of 2018. Read more

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Tal Flicker takes gold for Israel with Baku looming

28 Jul 2018 11:40

European bronze medallist and World number three Tal Flicker of Israel won his first IJF medal of the year to set out his intentions of again being on the World Championships podium this autumn. The reigning world bronze medallist defeated Ukraine’s first and only ever world champion Georgii Zantaraia (UKR) by a waza-ari score to celebrate winning the second Grand Prix title of his thriving career. Read more

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Shishime Ai prepares for next world title with Zagreb gold

28 Jul 2018 11:30

World champion Shishime Ai of Japan conquered world number three Amandine Buchard of France to avenge her 2013 defeat in their one and only previous meeting. Top seed Buchard fell to number two seed Shishime by a waza-ari score as the Japanese topped a Grand Prix medal podium for the third time. Read more

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