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The Ambition of Ryoko Tani: at least a gold medal

27 May 2020 13:20

In every day and age, there are people who pioneer uncharted territory. They are often referred to as trailblazers. In this series, we look back on athletes who led the way for Japan and delivered unprecedented success for the nation. In the fifth part of this series, we focus on judoka Tani Ryoko (nee Tamura), who fought in five consecutive Olympic Games from Barcelona 1992, winning medals at all in the women’s 48kg. Read more

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Judo in the time of Covid-19: Sergio Oliveira

27 May 2020 08:35

Brazilian judoka Sergio Oliveira had his career from 1989 until 2001 and won lots of World Cup medals in his category U71kg and U73kg. The triple Panam Champion moved to Germany years ago as a coach and is very active nowadays producing online videos. JudoCRazy’s Oon Yeoh is from the same generation and asked him about his corona strategies. Read more

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Rok Draksic head coach of Finland

26 May 2020 10:30

Slovenian Rok Draksic is the new head coach of the Finnish Judo Association. The Slovenian former number one in the world ranking list, six-time European medallist Rok Draksic is looking forward to his new job: “My goal is to bring Finnish judokas“ back to the game ”. Read more

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Judo in the time of Covid-19: Baruch Shmailov

26 May 2020 08:35

Baruch Shmailov is the best ranked Israelian athlete U66kg and he is a top 10 player for three years now. He is the chosen one for the Olympic Games, but corona changed the world. Oon Yeoh of JudoCrazy spoke with Baruch Shmailov about his roots, the Israelian competition techniques and love. Read more

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Judo in the time of Covid-19: Amy Livesey

25 May 2020 08:45

Amy Livesey comes from a judo family with sister Bekky and brother Owen. She’s been all around the world but the Olympic Games are still a dream. Lots of competition for the Livesey’s and in this time of period you can only qualify to stay safe. Oon Yeoh of JudoCrazy asked Amy Livesey how the European U23 Champion of 2015 is dealing with the circumstances these days. Read more

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Judo in the time of Covid-19: Daria Mezhetskaia

24 May 2020 15:35

When Daria Mezhetskaia won the European title last year you might have thought, this the new middleweight for the future. You might be correct, but the way up is always bumpy. Judo for women in Russia has never been easy. There is a lot of competition, a high demand and standard but the circumstances are optimized to get the best environment for young talent. There’s lots of things Mezhetskaia wants to improve. Irakli Khmelidze asked her about her roots and way up. Oon Yeoh shaped it to the following must read. Read more

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Judo in the time of Covid-19: Giorgi Tenadze

23 May 2020 18:55

In 1988 Giorgi Tenadze was a surprise taking bronze at the Olympic Games in Seoul. First of all by beating Toshihiko Koga who was the rising man. American Mike Swain was the current World Champion who had beaten Frenchman Marc Alexandre in the world championships final in 1987, the Frenchman became World Champion, but who was Tenadze? Well, he is still very active in judo and master of many top fighters. Oon Yeoh and Irakli Khmelidze interviewed the legend from Gori on the ocassion of his birthday. Read more

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