The IJF World Tour is BACK! 2020 Tel Aviv Grand Prix Preview
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The IJF World Tour is BACK! 2020 Tel Aviv Grand Prix PreviewPosted: 23/01/2020
This weekend sees the IJF tour return with the Tel Aviv Grand Prix (23-25 January). With Tokyo 2020 fast-approaching and important qualification points up for grabs, it’s set to be an intriguing few days of judo. There are 4 Scots in the 12-strong British Judo team heading out to Israel with Sarah Adlington, Sally Conway, Stuart McWatt and Chris Sherrington competing.
Stuart McWatt (-81kg) made big headway in 2019, with a 7th place finish at the 2019 European Games resulting in his selection for the World Championships in Tokyo. He faces Adrian Gandia (PUR) in the opening round on Friday.
Sally Conway (-70kg) enters 2020 off the back of a successful 2019 that saw her add a World Championship Bronze medal to her impressive collection; Conway now joins a very short - and extremely illustrious list - of British judoka that have won medals at Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic level. With crucial Olympic qualification points at stake this weekend Conway will be looking to fire on all cylinders. She currently sits just 51 points above fellow Brit, and -70kg competitor, Gemma Howell in the race to qualify for Tokyo 2020. She has been seeded top of Pool C, with a first-round bye, and will face Elisavet Teltsidou (GRE) or Ronny Gall (ISR) on Friday.
Sarah Adlington (+78kg) enjoyed a stellar end to 2019 that saw her secure a 7th place finish at the European Games and Bronze medal at the Tashkent Grand Prix. She faces Sandra Jablonskyte (LTU) in the first round on Saturday.
Chris Sherrington (+100kg) enjoyed a strong return to judo last year after a 3-year break with a 7th place finish at the Tashkent Grand Prix and 5th place finish at the Perth Oceania Open. Sherrington has an opening round bye and will face Alisher Yushupov (UZB) in the second round on Saturday.
Preliminary rounds are due to start at 07:30am on Thursday and Friday and 08:00am on Saturday with Final Block scheduled to start at 03:00pm GMT.
Watch the action LIVE at live.ijf.org and follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #JudoTelAviv.