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Italy’s Gwend rediscovers the winning touch for the first time in two years

27 Oct 2017 18:05

Italian Edwige Gwend breathed new life in her career by winning Grand Slam gold for the first time. The 27-year-old Italian, who is ranked 16th in the world, last won IJF gold in 2015 at the Tashkent Grand Prix but managed to end her two-year wait to top the podium by beating the leading contenders in Abu Dhabi. Read more

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Slovenian World Championships runner-up Mihael Zgank switches to Turkey

26 Oct 2017 20:25

World silver medallist Mihael Žgank of Slovenia received an offer he cannot refuse and by this he will secure his career as from now on in the judo world as he will fight for Turkey in the future. "I may bring with me some additional knowledge that I will obtain abroad. If everything goes as it should, I could start collecting points for the strength scale in a few months, which is a prerequisite for qualifying for the Olympic Games in the national team of Turkey" Žgank said for RTV Slovenia. Read more

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Tal Ficker finishes with a flurry to close in on world number one spot

26 Oct 2017 19:45

Israelian Tal Flicker saved his best performance for his fourth and final contest at the Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi as he dismissed European bronze medallist Nijat Shikhalizada of Azerbaijan in a battle of U66kg livewires. The final final, perhaps even contest of all at the first day. Read more

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World champion Dorjsuren beats Olympic champion in Rio 2016 final rematch

26 Oct 2017 19:05

Mongolian World champion Dorjsuren Sumiya delivered Grand Slam Gold in Abu Dhabi after she defeated Rio 2016 Olympic champion Rafaela Silva of Brazil in a rematch and reverse of the Olympic final to underline her superiority and control of the category. For Dorjsuren a confirmation she should have won the Olympic final. Although Silva started attacking from the first second of the contest. Read more

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Robert Mshvidobadze triumphs at a Grand Slam at the 18th attempt

26 Oct 2017 18:55

Russian European Champion Robert Mshvidobadze won Grand Slam gold for the first time after beating Brazilian Felipe Kitadai in the U60kg in Abu Dhabi. Zagreb Grand Prix silver medallist Mshvidobadze made his Grand Slam debut in 2010 and has travelled to the IJF’s showcase events all over the world without reaching top spot. Read more

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Belgium’s Van Snick signals arrival at U52kg after first Grand Slam win

26 Oct 2017 18:45

Belgian Charline Van Snick accomplished a career first to put her rivals on notice as the long-time U48kg star won her first Grand Slam gold medal. World number three Erika Miranda (BRA), one of the most consistent judoka in the category, took bronze at the World Championships in August but was not prepared for Tashkent Grand Prix bronze medallist Van Snick. Read more

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Irina Dolgova repeats in Abu Dhabi for Russia

26 Oct 2017 18:05

Russian Irina Dolgova won in Abu Dhabi for the second time as the young Russian showed all the promise and potential that everyone knows she possesses in spades. Rio 2016 Olympian Dolgova, 22, repeated her 2015 Grand Slam victory in the U.A.E to clinch her second gold medal on this stage with a nail-biting triumph over four-time Grand Slam medallist Milica Nikolic (SRB). Read more

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