Korea and Italy succeed amongst Japanese success at Tokyo Grand Slam

The ultimate day of the Tokyo Grand Slam noticed judo’s non secular residence host eight extra superb classes of judo.

Below 48 kgs class

Within the beneath 48kgs class, Kano Miyaki continued Japan’s dominance from day one, defeating her compatriot Rina Tatsukawa with a decisive waza-ari rating.

IOC Member & President of the Worldwide Gymnastics Federation Mr. Morinari Watanabe awarded the medals.

Over 78 kgs class

Within the over 78kgs class, Olympic Champion Akira Sone returned to IJF World tour for the primary time for the reason that Olympics and regarded like she’d by no means been away. Defeating her compatriot with a powerful dropping method

“It’s so nice that not solely nationally, however internationally, there are lots of people watching my judo,” Sone stated. “I consider quite a lot of my rivals are additionally watching it, and researching my judo, so I have to develop into stronger and work more durable. I additionally thank the supporters for watching, it provides me quite a lot of power.”

Her medal was awarded by Dr. Settimo Nizzi, Mayor of Olbia.

Below 100 kgs class

Within the beneath 100kgs class, Italy halted the house dominance! With their rising star Gennaro Pirelli beautiful Iida Kentaro.

“I can’t consider it, to return right here and get a medal was mine and my coach’s purpose,” Pirelli defined. “I can’t discover the phrases, I’m so pleased and that’s it.”

IJF Vice President and President of the African Judo Union Mr. Siteny Randrianasoloniaiko awarded the medals.

Below 52 kgs class

Uta Abe stormed by the preliminaries to arrange a rematch of the 2018 World Ultimate, which noticed the Olympic Champion take a tactical victory over former World Champion Ai Shishime – she was clearly delighted to take the beneath 52kg class gold in entrance of the adoring Tokyo crowd.

Her gold was awarded by IJF Normal Secretary Mr. Jean Luc Rougé.

Below 60 kgs class

Korea additionally stood on high of the rostrum, within the beneath 60kg class. Jeon Seungbeom was elated to safe a first-ever world tour gold. And couldn’t maintain again his pleasure.

After silver on the worlds earlier this yr, two occasions World Champion Joshiro Maruyama defeated up-and-coming Fuko Hattori to take gold.

Rika Takayama defeated the Ne-Waza specialist and Olympic Champion Shori Hamada on the bottom, which was a powerful victory.

Hyōga Ōta completed an unimaginable day by defeating former world champion Kokoro Kageura with a stupendous Ouchi-gari, bringing their complete to 12 out of 14 golds at this Grand Slam. An unimaginable feat.

The environment within the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium was buzzing all day, as excited judo followers lined up by the hundreds to observe their favourite stars shine. 

Followers of all ages had the chance to interact with judo in all varieties.

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