RETURN OF THE CHAMPIONS

Whatever else these World Championships may offer up over the coming seven days they will certainly not be short of quality with all 14 of the gold medal winners from Rio 2014 listed to compete here in Chelyabinsk. This impressive turn out will surely produce a show to please not only the spectators but also the organisers who were understandably nervous with regard to just how many of the world’s best would make an appearance two years ahead of the Rio Olympics. Among this formidable field defending their hard won world titles are three European men and two women. Leading the charge for Europe once again will be French giant Teddy Riner who, despite his incredible success, is not without his critics. But these are largely people who remember either the deeds of past heavyweight champions or those who simply want to see the “big man” tested. For the six times world and current Olympic champion however, there appear few demons on the horizon and, search as one may, it’s difficult to see the Frenchman being upset by anyone on the list of would be challengers. Riner’s team mate Loic Pietri (-81kg) will make a defence of his first senior world title in a category where all four medals in Rio last year were won by Europeans (silver Tchirikishvili GEO, bronze Schmitt FRA and Vorobev RUS). The Russians have replaced Vorobev with 2009 world champion Ivan Nifontov and, if truth be told, there are others in this category that the host nation could have turned to and still remained confident of a world-class performance such is the strength of their squad. The meagre haul of two bronze medals from the Russian men at the last world championships was disappointing and the hosts will be looking for much more this time around. Things won’t be easy given the absence of Arsen Galstyan (-60kg), Mansur Isaev (-73kg) and Alexander Mikhaylin (+100kg). Their replacements are Beslan Mudranov, Musa Mogushkov and Renat Saidov respectively. Moreover, the Russian women were unable to achieve a single podium place something that head coach Ezio Gamba will undoubtedly want to change. Making up the trio of European men defending world titles is Elkahn Mammadov AZE at -100kg, another category in which the Europeans swept the medal table. The story is mirrored in the -63kg for women where all four medals last year went to Europe. In a memorable final a then rampant Yarden Gerbi ISR defeated Clarisse Agbegnenou FRA. But whilst Gerbi’s golden touch appears to have deserted her these past 12 months, the French powerhouse has been in devastating form winning the Paris Grand Slam, the European Championships and the inaugural Grand Prix in Havana. In fine form too has been Majlinda Kelmendi KOS whose combative style sees her comfortably atop the IJF WRL in the -52kg category and firm favourite in Chelyabinsk. We will provide individual category reviews daily beginning Sunday 24 August throughout the world championships. WC-Hashtag: #worldjudo2014 EJU YouTube: www.youtube.com/europeanjudo EJU Facebook: www.facebook.com/europeanjudo EJU Twitter: www.twitter.com/europeanjudo Live-Results: http://www.ippon.org/wc_sen2014.php Live-Stream: www.ippon.tv World ranking list and statistics: http://www.judobase.org

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"JUDO IS JUST SO DIFFERENT TO ANY OTHER SPORTS, IT IS TRULY MORE THAN JUST A SPORT ..."

09/10/2014 | 09:03 pm | in
Hundreds of volunteers were at present to assist the throng of world class judokas at the 2014 Wolrd Championships in Chelybinsk, Russia. The majority of the volunteers found this exciting role via a social network called ‘VK’ which stands... Read more

RUSSIA EDGED OUT BY JAPAN IN NAILBIGHTING WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP FINISH

09/01/2014 | 08:39 am | in
RUSSIA EDGED OUT BY JAPAN IN NAILBIGHTING WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP FINISHMore often than not team events provide incredible entertainment and today’s World Team Championships in Chelyabinsk provided more than its fair share. In addition to the usual questions of who would face whom and who would defeat whom, there... Read more

RINER UNTOUCHABLE, KRPALEK ECSTATIC – TWO MORE GOLDS FOR EUROPE

08/30/2014 | 06:20 pm | in
RINER UNTOUCHABLE, KRPALEK ECSTATIC – TWO MORE GOLDS FOR EUROPETeddy Riner’s reign in the +100kg category continues after a convincing sixth defence of his world title on the final day of individual competition at the world championships in Chelyabinsk. First to fall to the French giant was the Israeli Or... Read more

ILIADIS ON TOP OF THE WORLD AGAIN

08/30/2014 | 06:05 am | in
ILIADIS ON TOP OF THE WORLD AGAIN Looking comfortable Ilias Iliadis GRE first faced Mervin Rodriquez VEN scoring freely with makikomi then sode tsurikomi goshi to lead by two yukos after two minutes. The makikomi was working well as Iliadis threw again neatly for ippon. Celio Dias... Read more

TCHRIKISHVILI AND AGBEGNENOU TAKE WORLD TITLES IN CHELYABINSK

08/28/2014 | 08:44 pm | in
TCHRIKISHVILI AND AGBEGNENOU TAKE WORLD TITLES IN CHELYABINSKAvtandil Tchrikishvili GEO became only the second Georgian to win a world championship title when he took gold in the -81kg category on day four of the World Championships in Chelyabinsk. Not since Irakli Tsirekidze’s win in the under 90kg in... Read more

PORTUGAL’S TELMA MONTEIRO SETTLES FOR SILVER NUMBER FOUR

08/28/2014 | 06:25 am | in
PORTUGAL’S TELMA MONTEIRO SETTLES FOR SILVER NUMBER FOURIn the women’s -57kg category Portugal’s Telma Monteiro had a first round bye before facing Sevara Nishanbayeva KAZ whom she threw within 30 seconds with ippon seoi nage for ippon. Next up was Marti Malloy USA against whom Monterio had 4-1... Read more

JUDO IS BOTH WELCOME AND HEALTHY IN CHELYABINSK

08/27/2014 | 12:19 pm | in
JUDO IS BOTH WELCOME AND HEALTHY IN CHELYABINSKEuropean Judo Union President Mr. Sergey Soloveychik confirmed at a press conference held during the World Championships in Chelyabinsk that the Senior European Championships will be staged in the city of Glasgow in 2015 and Kazan in 2016. Sitting... Read more

KELMENDI WINS SECOND WORLD TITLE

08/26/2014 | 07:31 pm | in
KELMENDI WINS SECOND WORLD TITLEAfter a bye in the first round Kelmendi began the defence of her title by throwing Vanessa Cortesia VEN for ippon with o goshi within 40 seconds. This brought up a difficult third round contest against world bronze medallist (Tokyo 2010)... Read more