JUDO – Tashkent Grand Slam: Iddir and Tolofua eliminated from the start, Japan in demonstration

A noisy and willingly chauvinistic audience, fanfare tunes played between – and sometimes even during – the fights: for three days, the atmosphere that emanated from the Humo Arena strongly recalled the world before, far from behind closed doors and cathedral atmospheres now de rigueur in the vast majority of sports arenas. This does not mean, however, that the France team was at the party. This Sunday, the two tricolor representatives engaged also fell as soon as they entered the running.

Seed number 2 in the -100kg table and directly qualified for the second round, Alexandre Iddir was trapped by the German Dario Kurbjeweit Garcia (133rd in the world in the -90kg category), who scored ippon on ura-nage. Julia Tolofua (+ 78kg), for her part, did not find the solution against the Russian Anzhela Gasparian and received three penalties, which is synonymous with elimination. Note that the Orléanaise left the carpet limping.

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A waza-ari on the gong and Kageura carries the colors of Japan high

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Small assessment for the French

Ultimately, the French therefore only bring back a bronze medal from Tashkent, the one obtained by Luka Mkheidze (-60kg) Friday. A meager record but hardly alarming, insofar as neither Teddy Riner – who finally made the deadlock – neither the main figureheads of the women’s team (Clarisse Agbegnenou, Amandine Buchard, Madeleine Malonga, Romane Dicko…) were not traveling. The selection which will travel to Tbilisi in three weeks (March 26-28) should be more substantial.

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The victorious Riner executioner

Japan had not summoned all of its leaders for this trip to Central Asia either. But that did not prevent the Japanese delegation from collecting the charms (eleven in total, including nine in gold). There were five categories on the program this Sunday, and four of them saw the triumph of a Japanese fighter, in this case Kenta Nagasawa (-90kg), Mami Umeki (-78kg), Akira Sone (+ 78kg) and Kokoro Kageura (+ 100kg). The latter, who had made a name for himself by putting an end to Riner’s incredible invincibility in February 2020 in Paris, thus won his first Grand Slam since 2018.

A waza-ari on the gong and Kageura carries the colors of Japan high

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