World Judo Championships 2017

The Suzuki World Judo Championships 2017 has officially come to an end. Japan delivered seven winning performance throughout the week. France gained two victories whilst Mongolia, Brazil, Serbia, China and Germany advanced a golden memory each. All in all, Europe earned 24 medals thru last week. The event was broadcasted in more than 120 countries with 750 registered journalists reporting daily about the tournament.

The fourth day of the Suzuki World Judo Championships in Budapest saw Alexander WIECZERZAK (GER), and Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) win World titles in their respective weight divisions (-81kgs, and -63kgs). Along with their gold medals that have earned the right to wear the coveted red back patch for the next 12 months.

Agbegnenou won her first World title in 2014. The French fighter showed an incredible force against every single one of her opponents. The final brought about yet another meeting for the French fighter with current Olympic and 2015 World Champion, Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO). The Slovenian judoka had beaten Agbegnenou in their last four encounters. However, last Thursday was a day of alterations and Agbegnenou made the necessary adjustements. Although, Trstenjak came into the contest with an injured foot, Agbegnenou was so clearly the hungriest athlete in the arena that even had Trstenjak been fully fit (and possibly aided by having a third leg) the outcome would have been the same. Three tactical errors from Trstenjak resulted in three penalties that led to Agbegnenou being handed the contest and her second world title of the -63 kg category. 

There was even a bigger shock in the -81kg category when Alexander WIECZERZAK (who began his day being listed as 124 on the World ranking) first overcame Olympic and World medallist, Antoine VALOIS-FORTIER (CAN). Following that, he threw current European Champion, Alan KHUBETSOV (RUS) three times, and if that wasn’t enough he dazed reigning Olympic Champion, Khasan KHALMURZAEV (RUS) to book his spot in the final. A well-timed shime waza against Matteo MARCONCINI (ITA) helped Wieczerzak to win Germany’s first World title since 2003 when, in the same weight category, Florian Wanner took gold.

Nemanja MAJDOV of Serbia wrote his name in the history books of world championship judo when he won the -90 kg category on the fifth day of the Suzuki World Judo Championships in Budapest. The final was an extremely tight contest where a tactical mistake cost Zgank the title, and led Majdov to write history, becoming the first ever World Judo Champion for Serbia.

Teddy RINER (FRA) won his 9th World Championship super-heavyweight title on the final day of the individual event at the Suzuki World Judo Championships. Double Pan-American Champion and multiple IJF World Tour medallist, David MOURA (BRA), was the last challenge for Riner during the final of the +100 kg category. Moura managed to keep up with Riner and forced the double Olympic champion into golden score where, after almost two minutes, Moura launched an attack that Riner used to execute an ashi waza that saw the Brazilian thrown for waza ari and Riner win his record 9th World Championships title. 

The president of the Euroepan Judo Union, Sergey Soloveychik  concluded:

"The European judo family is proud of the Hungarian Judo Association which successfully hosted the Suzuki World Judo Championships in Budapest. The whole week was a true celebration of top judo and our sports friendship, and I congratulate Dr Tóth László and his team with this remarkable achievement.

I would also like to congratulate sincerely the federations of EJU that are coming back home with medals. The results of this World Championships show that the EJU has to work hard in current Olympic cycle, and that the potential of our continental union is in talented athletes and the national federations being united by common programs and events."


A voting took place throughout the week for Member of Athletes’ Commission of each continent. The results of the voting as follows:  

  • African Judo Union – Antonia MOREIRA (Angola)
  • European Judo Union – Georgii ZANTARAIA (Ukraine)
  • Judo Union Asia – EBINUMA Masashi (Japan)
  • Oceania Judo Union – Natalie GALEA (Australia)
  • Pan-American Judo Confederation – Tiago CAMILO (Brazil)

The IJF has nominated following athletes for the Athletes’ Commission:

  • Teddy RINER (FRA)
  • Kayla HARRISON (USA)
  • Majlinda KELMENDI (KOS)


 The 2018 World Judo Championships will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan.