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Madeleine Malonga secures Olympic selection

9 Feb 2020 18:10

French World champion Madeleine Malonga defeated World Judo Masters winner Fanny Estelle Posvite (FRA) in a disappointing final as both judoka cancelled each other out and were reluctant to take any risks. World number one Malonga retained her Paris title by seeing off world number 13 Posvite, who moved up from -70kg to -78kg a year ago, on shidos to the frustration of the home crowd. Read more

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Yoko Ono illustrates Olympic credentials with Paris gold

9 Feb 2020 17:50

Osaka Grand Slam winner Yoko Ono of Japan defeated Hohhot Grand Prix winner Saki Niizoe with one of the throws of the day to capture her fifth Grand Slam title. Ono, who almost scored at will in the preliminaries with her lethal uchi-mata, caught her colleague in golden score with a textbook ippon-seoi-nage which was lapped up by the appreciative crowd. Read more

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Paris headliner Clarisse Agbegnenou wins for the sixth time

8 Feb 2020 19:55

Four-time world champion Clarisse Agbegnenou appropriately ended day one on a high for the hosts as the leading attraction on Saturday powered to gold. Agbegnenou, who was encouraged as always by the familiar and deafening chants of ‘Clarisse, Clarisse’, avenged her World Judo Masters final defeat at the hands of Tokyo 2020 contender Nabekura by ippon from a ura-nage. Read more

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Christa Deguchi completes Paris treble

8 Feb 2020 19:35

Unstoppable world champion Christa Deguchi (CAN) ruled in Paris for the third year in a row as the world number one dispatched former world champion Dorjsuren Sumiya (MGL) in the U57kg final. Deguchi earned her fourth Grand Slam title overall by catching Dorjsuren with a tomoe-nage for a waza-ari score and comfortably saw out her advantage to start her season with a customary gold in France. Read more

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Soichi Hashimoto hat-trick in Paris

8 Feb 2020 19:30

Former world champion Hashimoto Soichi of Japan lived up to his billing as the top seed by defeating three-time Grand Prix winner Zhansay Smagulov (KAZ) to win the -73kg final. The Paris crowd saw Hashimoto crowned the champion for the third time as he repeated his 2017 and 2019 wins to be the last man standing from a field of 76 judoka. Read more

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Korean domination as An Baul defeats Kim U66kg

8 Feb 2020 18:30

Olympic silver medallist An Baul of Korea made a timely return to form and beat his teammate to gold as he now looks set for another tilt at Olympic gold this summer. Baby-faced An, 25, who won the world title in 2015, registered an unblemished record while Japan-based Kim, 27, squandered the chance to register a vital win over his compatriot as he tamely surrendered the final after receiving his third shido in golden score. Read more

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Distria Krasniqi steps in for Kelmendi

8 Feb 2020 18:10

World Judo Masters winner Distria Krasniqi of Kosovo defeated Olympic silver medallist Odette Giuffrida (ITA) as a late replacement for her injured teammate and Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi (KOS). Read more

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