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Dutch delight for Juul Franssen in Abu Dhabi

28 Oct 2018 19:10

Dutch Juul Franssen won her second Grand Slam gold medal with a victory over Agadir Grand Prix winner Andreja Leski (SLO) in the -63kg final. World Championships bronze medallist Franssen extended her head-to-head record over the Slovenian to 2-0 with a measured performance as she countered a tired tai-otoshi attempt from Tokyo 2020 candidate Leski to roll over her adversary after four minutes of golden score for a match-winning waza-ari. Read more

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Israel and IJF ink contract for Tel Aviv Grand Prix in January

28 Oct 2018 15:55

Israel will have a Grand Prix in 2019. In Abu Dhabi the IJF and the Israel Judo Association. IJF President Marius Vizer, Israel's Sports and Culture Minister Ms. Miri Regev and Israel Judo Association President Moshe Ponte signed a groundbreaking deal for Israel to host a Grand Prix event for the first time in 2019. With Sagi Muki winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam the festivities got more excited, even at World Judo Day. Read more

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Third time lucky for Kosovo as Nora Gjakova wins gold U57kg

28 Oct 2018 13:10

European champion Nora Gjakova of Kosovo started her day as the number one seed and finished it as the gold medallist in the U57kg category. The Antalya Grand Prix winner earned her first Grand Slam title with a win over European Championships bronze medallist Anastasiia Konkina (RUS) after 59 seconds by ippon. Read more

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Vazha Margvelashvili gives Georgia second title in Abu Dhabi

28 Oct 2018 13:05

Georgian Vazha Margvelashvili won his first Grand Slam gold medal to guide Georgia to top spot in the medal table. World number four and Tbilisi Grand Prix winner Margvelashvili defeated world silver medallist Yerlan Serikzhanov (KAZ) with a late show in golden score. The Georgian threw his Kazakh opponent after 13 seconds of additional time with a seoi-otoshi to win gold in Abu Dhabi. Read more

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Giuffrida wins rematch of Olympic final against Kelmendi

28 Oct 2018 13:00

Italian Olympic silver medallist Odette Giuffrida won the rematch of the Rio 2016 Olympic final in Abu Dhabi. Both champions were unseeded here and had to work their way through the preliminaries to the final after a testing day for both. Read more

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Amiran Papinashvili seals Grand Slam hat-trick with vintage display

28 Oct 2018 12:55

World Championships bronze medallist Amiran Papinashvili (GEO) won his third Grand Slam title as he lit up the men’s lightest weight category. World Judo Masters silver medallist Francisco Garrigos (ESP), whose sole Grand Slam triumph come in Abu Dhabi in 2016, was thrown with a koshi-guruma for ippon after 20 seconds of golden score as Papinashvili stole the show on day one. Read more

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Mongolia’s Grand Prix maestro Urantsetseg Munkhbat wins sixth gold

28 Oct 2018 12:25

World number three Munkhbat Urantsetseg of Mongolia was back amongst the medals in Abu Dhabi after finishing fifth at the World Championships in September. The former world champion won her first gold medal in 12 months by pinning down Budapest Grand Prix bronze medallist Distria Krasniqi (KOS) for 20 seconds after initiating a sankaku turnover and was unrelenting in her committed finish to win the first final in the U.A.E. Read more

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