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Judo happy with Mini Games result

FIJI Judo Association’s medal winning performance in the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu has rekindled efforts to regain prominency in the sport internationally. Association president Nacanieli Takayawa, a former Commonwealth No.1 and Olympian, said bringing back three medals from Vanuatu was a good achievement. Shanice Takayawa won two gold medals —— one in the senior women’s heavyweight open division and one in the 70kg category —— while Nathalyn Takayawa settled for a silver medal in the senior women’s U63kg . “I believe it was a successful outing for us. Just about two months prior to the event, we found out that judo was included in the games. With that in mind, we sent a team of athletes who stood a strong chance to win medals,” Nacanieli said. With judo not included in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, Takayawa said they would target was the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan and the 2019 Pacific Games Samoa. “For Fiji, our target is the 2020 Olympic Games. It is unfortunate that judo is not part of the Commonwealth Games, but there are other international events which will assist in the qualifying process and we want to field a full team for the 2019 Pacific Games. “Athletes from the mini games will go back to Japan to prepare for upcoming tournaments along with Tevita Takayawa, who is participating in grandslam events.” Nacanieli...

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Wrestle for glory

JUDOKA Shanice Takayawa wrestled with a swollen leg to win a gold medal in the senior women under-70 kilogram category in the 2017 Pacific Mini Games at the Korman Stadium indoor two in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Takayawa, who is the daughter of Nacanieli Takayawa took pain-killer before the match. “I dedicate the win to God.” “I would like to thank him for guiding me to victory. My family members and friends for helping me in training,” she said. “I am trying my best to walk on my father’s footstep, but he has set a very high standard and I am trying my best to be like my father. “He is a very good father as he had been giving us a lot of support and advice about the grips and techniques along with other families in Japan and Fiji. She had been preparing for the Pacific Mini Games and she had stayed away from her family in Japan. Before the competition she had a swollen leg and it was painful at the beginning, but she took injections to help her walk towards glory. “In Japan they would hit your leg if you do not do anything where they would tap on your shin and that is how I got injured and when I came to Fiji it got swollen,” she said. “I went to the physiotherapist where they gave...

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Nauru’s Judoka brothers secure family silverware

Judoka brothersOvini and InikiUera from Nauruhad been hoping to head home from the Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Mini Games with two gongs from the same event, after reaching Thursday’s gold and bronze medal matches in the men’s U90kg category. Instead they had to settle for a silver between them, secured by Ovini who lost to New Caledonia’s Teva Gouriou in the gold medal match. However, two finals and a silver is no small achievement for a pair of brothers who only took up the sport four years ago in a country where it is relatively unknown. Most people in Nauru, a small Micronesian island nation in the central Pacific,are not familiar with judo as Australian rules football (AFL) and weightlifting are the most popular sports there. But Ovini and Iniki are clearly very passionate about judo.Ovini said the sporthas become part of his daily life, and that he and his brother are on a quest to make Nauru proud through judo. “It’s a big honour representing our country and family,” Ovini told the Vanuatu 2017 Games News Service. “I was after gold and lost toNew Caledonia but, in the end, achieving silver is better than nothing.” Ovini said the pair had been training twice a day, six days a week, including cardio work in the morning, and freestyle practice and weight training in the afternoon. “Our main goal here wasto...

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NC Shows commitment on Judo on 2nd day of tournament

Preliminary rounds on Day 2 of Judo started with the Senior Men’s 100kg, 90kg and 81kg bouts and the Senior Women’s 70kg and 63kg. In the 81kg division, William Fayard of New Caledonia was undefeated through the early bouts while Vanuatu had mixed results.These judokas went through ten rounds across the morning’s competition. In the Senior Men’s 100kg competition which consists of five rounds, Tonga looked to be in control through Finetu’ui Moala while in the 90kg division, which had only three fights, New Caledonia again looed in control. The Senior Women from the 70kg category had just the one fight which saw Fiji’s Shanice Takayawa successful over Esther Dumons (NCL) with their event continuing through the afternoon. In the Women’s 63kg section there were three bouts, the early victories were shared between judokas from New Caledonia and Fiji. Further Judo updates this afternoon. By AntasTavuti Photo by Ron...

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Vanuatu judokas impress on day one

Team Vanuatu nabbed two silver and two bronze medals on the opening day of the Vanuatu 2017 judo competition.   Joe Mahit and Claude Kalo claimed silver and bronze respectively in the senior men’s U66kg, while Tom Willie picked up silver in the senior men’s U73kg and LoicNasse secured bronze in the senior men’s U60kg.   The popularity of judo in Vanuatu ensured that a good and cheerful crowd were in the stands of in the Korman complex from morning until night on Wednesday to watch the action. In the morning session, Vanuatu’s top judoka Joe Mahit defeated New Caledonia’s Jason Mahoux, to a rousing reception from the home fans. In Round 1, tight hand grips exchanged on both competitors’ arms, leg locks, kicking of competitors’ legs, showing the great strengths and skill of these athletes. At one point, the referee walked over to the technical officials to point out an issue before returning to continue. The second round was again a display of great skill between the two competitors. Mahit then comfortably pulled his opponent down but Mahoux managed to come out, so continued on with the third round. Exchanging holds, both judokas battled through two more rounds. In the end Vanuatu took full advantage of a vulnerable position by New Caledonia when Mahit locked Mahoux down for 20 seconds to win the bout. On the whole it...

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