Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nagase - rising star

The -81kg division is dominated by Avtandil Tchrikishvili, who has more IJF World Ranking points than any other male competitor. As the reigning world champion, he is the man to beat.

And the man who has beaten him twice in recent months is Japan's 21-year old Takanori Nagase, who recently won the 2014 Tokyo Grand Slam despite the presence of Tchrikishvili and South Korea's Olympic and Double World Champion Kim Jae-Bum.

Nagase's performance at the 2014 Chelyabinsk World Championships was rather lacklustre and he returned to Japan without any medal -- in the individual event that is. In the team event, however, he performed superbly and even managed to throw Tchrikishvili for yuko during Golden Score, for a win.

At the 2014 Tokyo Grand Slam, not only did he throw the Georgian but he scored an ippon. Interestingly, he also beat Kim along the way. This young Japanese player is clearly on the ascendency.

An overview of Nagase vs Tchrikishvili fights in 2013/14

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