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Chizuru Arai inches closer to Olympic nod

22 Feb 2020 18:35

Former world champion Arai Chizuru (JPN) defeated Cancun Grand Prix silver medallist Gabriella Willems (BEL) to claim her seventh Grand Slam title. Despite an inspired display from the Belgian, Arai found a route past the gutsy first-time Grand Slam finalist after one minute of golden score. Read more

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King Shohei Ono dominates the field in Düsseldorf

22 Feb 2020 18:05

Olympic and world champion Shohei Ono defeated former world champion An Changrim (KOR) to win U73kg gold in the most anticipated category on day two. Tenri University superstar Ono clinched his fifth Grand Slam title as the 2019 world champion beat the 2018 world champion in a closely-contested final between two of the biggest stars in the sport. Read more

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Miku Tashiro beats Olympic champion for the 10th time

22 Feb 2020 17:55

Four-time world medallist Tashiro Miku of Japan kept her remarkable unbeaten run against Olympic champion Tina Trstenjak (SLO) intact as the Japanese judoka has now won all 10 of their meetings. World number two Trstenjak trailed world number three Tashiro by a waza-ari score from a o-uchi-gari and the latter offered a clinical finish on the ground with osaekomi to continue her country’s dominance in Germany. Read more

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Faultless Jessica Klimkait keeps up the pressure

21 Feb 2020 20:25

Canadian World Judo Masters bronze medallist Jessica Klimkait defeated world number 10 Sarah Leonie Cysique (FRA) for the fourth time in as many meetings to earn her second Grand Slam gold medal. Read more

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Abe Hifumi match sister Uta with Düsseldorf gold

21 Feb 2020 19:50

Former world champion Abe Hifumi (JPN) secured his eighth Grand Slam title after a thrilling final against World Judo Masters bronze medallist Vazha Margvelashvili (GEO). Abe lived dangerously in the opening minute as he was inches away from going behind to a ko-soto-gari and was almost caught with an ura-nage. Read more

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Abe Uta avenges Osaka loss to Buchard

21 Feb 2020 19:35

World champion Abe Uta extended her one-sided head-to-head record over her nearest rival and world number one Amandine Buchard (FRA) to 5-1 in a reverse of their last meeting at the Osaka Grand Slam in November. Read more

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Naohisa Takato scoops record-breaking 11th Grand Slam title

21 Feb 2020 19:05

Three-time world champion Takato Naohisa handed Japan gold in the men’s lightest weight category as he starred in the prelims before being spared an appearance in the final block as Osaka Grand Slam bronze medallist Yang Yung Wei (TPE) could not compete in the U60kg final due to injury. Read more

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