Thursday 19 September 2019

Happy End: Dutchman wins world judo title

Winner Noel van ‘t End (middle) Photo © Rodrigo Reyes Marin/ZUMA Wire via Hollandse Hoogte

The Netherlands has won a judo world title for the first time in 10 years, with a win by Noël van ’t End in Tokyo.

Fighting for the first time in a world championship match, Van ’t End won over Japanese favourite Shoichiro Mukai – who appeared so distraught he remained face-down on the mat for several seconds.

The Dutch 28-year-old, who fights in the under 90kg category, is the sixth Dutchman to have become a world champion.

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