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Spain’s Nikoloz Sherazadishvili wins back-to-back Grand Slams

26 Oct 2019 17:10

Former world champion Nikoloz Sherazadishvili (ESP) defeated Gwak Donghan (KOR) to win his second Grand Slam this month. Olympic bronze medallist Gwak, who won their only previous meeting on home soil in Jeju in 2015, was appearing in his second Grand Slam final of the season having won gold in Paris in February. Read more

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Mi-Jin Han contributes to third gold for Korea

26 Oct 2019 16:50

Universiade gold medallist Han Mi Jin of Korea won her first Grand Slam crown with a resounding win over world number 12 Anne Fatoumata M Bairo (FRA) in the +78kg final. HAN launched her talented French foe with a uchi-mata after just 70 seconds and burst into tears after recording the biggest win of her career and one which opens the door for her to make a late run for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Read more

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World number 406 Moon Jin Lee stuns world-class field

25 Oct 2019 20:05

World number 406 Lee Moon Jin of Korea created one of the biggest shocks in IJF World Judo Tour history as the rank outsider won all six of his contests on his Grand Slam debut. World bronze medallist Luka Maisuradze (GEO) was his sixth and final victim as the former Asian Championships bronze medallist rolled the 21-year-old hotshot over for a waza-ari score and added a match-winning second with a counter for ippon. Read more

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Kim Polling still too much for Van Dijke

25 Oct 2019 19:10

Former World number one Kim Polling of the Netherlands claimed her fourth Grand Slam title with a key win over teammate and world number eight Sanne Van Dijke in the U70kg final in Abu Dhabi. The Three-time World Judo Masters champion overpowered Van Dijke - who had prepared for the Grand Slam by training at the Welsh Judo Association’s national dojo in Cardiff alongside former world number one Natalie Powell (GBR) - with an emphatic o-soto-gari for ippon after two minutes. Read more

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Super talent Bilal Ciloglu claims first Grand Slam for Turkey

25 Oct 2019 18:25

Bilal Ciloglu produced the best display of his young career as he defeated world number eight Arthur Margelidon (CAN) to claim the U73kg title in Abu Dhabi and became the first Turkish man to win Grand Slam gold. The world number 17 from Turkey, who was in his first Grand Slam final, came up with the only score in the first men’s final of the day as he caught Margelidon with a ko-uchi-gake for a waza-ari score with 20 seconds left on the clock. Read more

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Fifth Grand Slam for Slovenian legend Tina Trstenjak

25 Oct 2019 18:05

Olympic champion Tina Trstenjak (SLO) eased to her fifth Grand Slam gold medal at the Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi after beating Brasilia Grand Slam bronze medallist Maylin Del Toro Carvajal (CUB) in the U63kg final. Trstenjak extended her head-to-record over the Cuban to 3-1 having fell to the Tokyo 2020 hope in Düsseldorf last year. Read more

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Frank de Wit finally beats his bogeyman Del Orbe

25 Oct 2019 17:55

Frank De Wit (NED) vs Medickson Del Orbe Cortorreal (DOM) – Dutchman finally beats his bogeyman! Former Paris Grand Slam winner de Wit had been tormented by Del Orbe Cortorreal twice on the IJF circuit before finally gaining his revenge at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in October. Read more

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