The 2023 World Judo Tour kicks off in Portugal

The 2023 season for the IJF World Tour started in the sunshine of Portugal, and the stadium was full of fans ready to attend the first tournament of the year.

Class under 48 kg

In the under 48 kg class, it was an all-Kazakh final. Abiba Abuzhakynova scored a decisive waza-ari on her compatriot Galiya Tynbayeva, but both athletes showed true judo values, with a great display of friendship and sportsmanship.

Mr. Vlad Marinescu, Director General of the IJF, was on hand to award the medals.

Class under 60 kg

In the under 60 kg category, young Japanese Yamato Fukuda stormed his first Grand Prix appearance.

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Defeated the experienced Francisco Garrigos with an excellent transition to ground work.

He was awarded his medal by Mr. Juan Carlos Barcos, Director of International Relations of the IJF.

“Rather than this result giving me more confidence,” said Fukuda, “what it really means is that in the future I will be sent to various competitions around the world, and I will represent Japan in each of these events. I decided to work harder and more diligent to be able to bear the burden.

Olympic and world medalist Chelsie Giles has started her year incredibly well – arriving in Portugal as world number 1, she cemented her top spot with a fantastic performance.

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She was awarded her medal by Dr. Lisa Allan, IJF Events Director

“It’s so good just to get a medal anywhere,” explained Giles, “I didn’t get many gold medals as a senior, so to get a gold medal is amazing, especially since it’s the first competition of the ‘year”.

Class under 66 kg

In the under 66kg class, Uzbekistan’s Mukhriddin Tilovov met former World Champion An Baul, and his legendary coach Ilias Iliadis was thrilled!

The medals were awarded by Mr. Armen Bagdasarov, IJF Chief Referee Director

Class under 57 kg

In the under 57kg category, Huh Mimi of Korea defeated current World Champion Rafaela Silva of Brazil with what looked like sheer determination! He was excited to celebrate with his coach

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He was awarded the gold medal by Mr. Neil Adams, IJF Supervisor of Referees.

The home team was on fire all day, executing some of the slickest judo on display in Almada! This tournament is a fantastic chance for the young Portuguese team to show the rest of the world how strong Portuguese Judo has become. The next two days are going to be breathtaking.

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