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Tokyo Preview women U52kg: Super clash between Abe and Kelmendi

26 Aug 2019 00:05

The biggest clash at the World Championships we look out for U52kg is between current World Champion from Japan Uta Abe and double World Champion Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosovo. Both can meet in the final in Tokyo. Also 2017 World Champion Ai Shishime is in the field at seed No. 3. Read more

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Lukhumi Chkhvimiani surprises the field with world gold U60kg

25 Aug 2019 15:55

A sensational victory for Georgia’s Lukhumi Chkhvimiani today in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo where Chkhvimiani was crowned the new world champion, the first ever lightweight world champion for Georgia. Chkhvimiani defeated world number seven Sharafuddin Lutfillaev of Uzbekistan for the first time in four contests, his most important contest ever. Read more

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Judo teen Daria Bilodid claims second world title on Olympic ground

25 Aug 2019 15:35

Ukraine super champion Daria Bilodid is the youngest world judo champion of all time who successfully defended her world title as she won a thrilling rematch of the 2018 final against former world champion Funa Tonaki on home soil. Bilodid couldn’t be believe the achievement in the Nippon Budokan. “I can’t believe it, I know once, but two? For now I have too many emotions. Fighting Funa Tonaki is very hard, now it was in Tokyo. I felt a big pressure and many fans from Japan.” Read more

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New world champion in the make at U60kg worlds

25 Aug 2019 09:35

We are going to get a new World Champion U60kg! Naohisa Takato lost his battle with Uzbek Sharafuddin Lutfillaev who reached the semi final against Gusman Kyrgyzbaev of Kazakhstan. The tournament so far has been spectacular with Yang Yung Wei as the sensation who gave the event taste with a win over world championships runner-up Robert Mshvidobadze (RUS) in his first contest. Read more

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Tonaki and Bilodid on course for world title U48kg

25 Aug 2019 08:50

No major surprises so far in the preliminaries for the women’s division U48kg at the World Championships in Japan. The favourites progressed to the quarter finals and a final between Funa Tonaki and defending World Champion Daria Bilodid is still possible. For that final Bilodid will first have to defeat 2013 World Champion Urantsetseg Munkhbat of Mongolia. Read more

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Tokyo Preview men U60kg: Naohisa Takato poised to win fourth world title

25 Aug 2019 00:15

Without a doubt Naohisa Takato will be the one to watch at the first day of the World Championships in his category U60kg. Takato captured three World titles since 2013 and is still the most skilled athlete in this men's lightweight category. Read more

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Tokyo Preview women U48kg: Bilodid major favourite for prolongation

25 Aug 2019 00:05

Can Japan finally beat its biggest rival for women U48kg, Daria Bilodid of the Ukraine, at home in the Budokan? No Japanese beat Bilodid so far in her impressive career. Without a doubt Ukraine's Bilodid is the major favourite to prolong the world title. Bilodid has been beaten only once since November 2017, when she unexpectedly lost to Melanie Clement of France in the 2019 Grand Prix of Tbilisi in March. First she will face Aliyeva or Costa as first round opponent. Read more