RIO 2016 HANDS OVER TO TOKYO 2020

Olympic Games Rio

The closing of an Olympic Games brings about a wealth of emotions in both those who have taken part and those who have taken time to view the games via television. This powerful medium provides viewers with close-ups, replays and a vast amount of information that spectators at the events very rarely get to see. For the majority of young children their first experience of an Olympic Games is via television. The power of television to influence, inspire and encourage children is an important factor in the promotion of our sport and one that was almost entirely successful during the weeklong judo event.

What the youth of tomorrow (along with all other viewers) saw whilst watching Olympic judo in Rio, was the sport being performed at the very highest level, something that understandably cannot always guaranteed. Each day of Rio 2016 offered up countless stories of heroism and heartbreak, shock defeats and unexpected success; there were far more amazing stories than the one or two per day that made the headlines. Yet, along with the headline making stories, it is those other stories that may prove so memorable that they motivate a child or children (hopefully many) to strive for their goals. As the Games got underway, and as the world’s media at last began to shift its focus away from the allegations surrounding the Russian team and their possible exclusion to allow us to begin gathering our memorable moments. Beslan MUDRANOV (RUS) triumphed under what must have been the most incredible pressure. Mudranov followed in the footsteps of 2012 Olympic champion Arsen GALSTYAN (RUS) to take gold in the -60kg category and in doing so win the cheers of an appreciative audience. Fabio BASILE (ITA) followed on day two when in arguably the biggest shock of the tournament he did exactly what he said he had come to Rio to do and that was to win the gold medal. 

Firm favourites in judo know not too celebrate too early and Majlinda KELMENDI (KOS) concentrated harder than she ever had to previously in order to secure gold (her country’s first ever) in the -52kg category and, if ever a fairy tale was needed then Rafaela SILVA (BRA) provided the viewers with one by winning gold in the -57kg category. Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO) eclipsed the 2012 gold medal winner and former teammate Urska ZOLNIR (SLO) proving that she is the best in the world by winning gold in the -63 kg category.  There were, of course, many other memorable moments, and on the final day of judo there was yet another serving of the expected and unexpected, this time in the shape of the French heavyweights Teddy RINER (was there anyone who did not see that coming?), and Emilie ANDEOL (even Andeol herself did not see that coming)! Perhaps Riner would have liked to put on more of a show. But even Usain Bolt in winning his gold medals was unable to do exactly what he wanted yet remains great. Rio 2016 will ultimately be remembered mostly by what television puts together in the highlights package. But somewhere out there are children who will forever remember their own superstars and their own memorable moments of these 2016 Olympic Games.

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News

JUDO MIXED TEAM EVENT APPROVED FOR TOKYO 2020

06/11/2017 | 01:26 pm | in
JUDO MIXED TEAM EVENT APPROVED FOR TOKYO 2020                The International Judo Federation has officially announced the approval of the judo mixed team event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. This will set the judo family to enjoy an eight-days event, one extra compare to previous Summer Games. The... Read more

FLASHBACK RIO: MEN

08/18/2016 | 07:07 pm | in
FLASHBACK RIO: MEN Every sport at the Olympic Games has its superstars; athletics has Usain Bolt, swimming Michael Phelps. Well, judo has its superstar, that is Teddy Riner, and just as Bolt and Phelps delivered in Rio so too did Riner by defeating HARASAWA... Read more

FLASHBACK RIO: WOMEN

08/16/2016 | 06:32 pm | in
FLASHBACK RIO: WOMEN So much has been written about the pressures faced by athletes at an Olympic Games and yet still they [the athletes] find ways to surprise, confound and rise to the most special of sporting occasions. Under more pressure than most was current... Read more

RINER REPEATS AS ANDEOL UPSETS FAVOURITES

08/13/2016 | 01:14 pm | in
RINER REPEATS AS ANDEOL UPSETS FAVOURITES As was widely expected Teddy RINER (FRA), reigning Olympic champion in the men’s +100kg category, retained his Olympic title on the final day of completion at the Rio Olympic Games. The day began with a long list of contenders. For some a... Read more

KRPALEK CROWNED OLYMPIC CHAMPION

08/12/2016 | 07:44 am | in
KRPALEK CROWNED OLYMPIC CHAMPION Number three seed Lukas KRPALEK (CZE) won the gold medal in the -100kg category on day six of competition at the Rio Olympics. It was the first gold medal in any sport and only the second medal for the Czech Republic at these games. After a... Read more

PREVIEW OLYMPIC GAMES: +100KG & +78KG

08/12/2016 | 07:17 am | in
PREVIEW OLYMPIC GAMES: +100KG & +78KG There can be little doubt that win or lose Teddy RINER (FRA) will be the headline of the day. Should Riner win gold the reigning Olympic and eight-time world champion will join the select group of only six men to ever have won double Olympic... Read more

NARROW MISS FOR IMPROVED LIPARTELIANI AS CONWAY AND VARGAS KOCH COLLECT BRONZE

08/11/2016 | 08:19 am | in
NARROW MISS FOR IMPROVED LIPARTELIANI AS CONWAY AND VARGAS KOCH COLLECT BRONZE Varlam LIPATELIANI’S (GEO) attempt to win gold on day five of the Olympic Games in Rio fell agonizingly short as he was defeated by a single yuko by BAKER Mashu (JPN) in final of the -90kg category. It may seem like little compensation to... Read more

SLOVENIA RETAIN -63 TITLE AS RUSSIA TAKES MEDAL TABLE TOP SPOT

08/10/2016 | 07:24 am | in
SLOVENIA RETAIN -63 TITLE AS RUSSIA TAKES MEDAL TABLE TOP SPOT There can be little argument as to who at present is the best -63kg player in the world. That title, along with the European, world and now Olympic titles, belongs to Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO). Her gold medal winning performance on day four of... Read more

FAIRY TALE DAY FOR SILVA AS ONO SAVES FACE FOR JAPAN

08/09/2016 | 07:40 am | in
FAIRY TALE DAY FOR SILVA AS ONO SAVES FACE FOR JAPAN The Carioca Arena 2 where the Olympic judo event is being staged in Rio burst into life on day three of competition. It’s not the first time that the crowd has been animated. However, by defeating number one seed DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL) in... Read more

PREVIEW OLYMPIC GAMES: -100KG & -78KG

08/08/2016 | 07:15 pm | in
PREVIEW OLYMPIC GAMES: -100KG & -78KG In the -78kg category all eyes will be on reigning Olympic champion Kayla HARRISON (USA) as she seeks to join judo’s unique band of double Olympic gold medal winners. A favourite on the international circuit, Harrison could face a... Read more