WORLD JUDO CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018: TOP TEN FACTS

World Judo Championships 2018

After an incredible World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, here are our top ten facts!

The Youngest One

Daria BILODID (UKR) got the ball rolling on the first day of the tournament and not only did she take the World Champion title but she is the youngest in history at only 17 years-old. The -48kg star wasted no time in her contests to move through to the next round, landing a final contest against the then current World Champion, TONAKI Funa (JPN).

The First One

Spain hailed a new World Champion on day 5 of the tournament in the -90kg category. After an incredibly tough day and an exhausting final, Nikoloz SHERAZADISHVILI was able to walk off the mat to family and friends, as well as an emotional coach, Joaquín Ruiz QUINO, later dedicating the medal to him. A terrific first World title for the men!

The Third Title

As a favourite coming in, we had no doubt Clarisse AGBEGNENOU would be on her A-game in the -63kg category. The athlete performed as strong and confident as ever, truly believing that she would leave Baku as the World Champion, and she did. This makes it her third World Champion title, an incredible feat for the French judoka.

The Takeover

Without the presence of the former World Champion, Teddy RINER, the title was open for the first time in eleven years. 2018 was the year of change, and the young, athletic Georgian athlete, Guram TUSHISHVILI stole the show. With a tremendous display of judo against his larger opponents, TUSHISHVILI proved that his technique and agility was no match for his opponents.

The Coverage

With media coverage increasing year on year within judo, it is amazing to report that the World Judo Championships was televised in over 100 countries around the world, and news coverage reached an outstanding 190 countries.

The 12 European Countries

Europe had a fantastic tournament, racking up a total of 4 gold, 6 silver and 14 bronze medals. These countries included; Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.

The Table Toppers

Japan ruled the standings in Baku, concluding with 7 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals. The individual competition for the Japanese was outstanding, and they concluded the World Judo Championships by taking the Mixed Teams title as well. Japan stormed each round, losing a match only in the final against the French team.

The Sibling Superstars

History was made on multiple occasions during the week. Day two was greatly anticipated as ABE Hifumi (-66kg) and ABE Uta (-52kg) of Japan took the tatami to conquer their categories. The siblings were successful in their respective weight categories, celebrating their gold medals together.

  • A double victory for the ABE siblings of Japan in the -52kg and -66kg categoriesFotógrafo: Rafal Burza
  • A double victory for the ABE siblings of Japan in the -52kg and -66kg categoriesFotógrafo: Rafal Burza

The Defending Champions

ABE Hifumi (JPN) not only had the pleasure of taking the World title on the same day as his sister, but defended his title for the second year in a row. Similarly, his team mate, TAKATO Naohisa in the -60kg weight category also defended his World title, making it his third gold medal. The third defending Champion was Frenchwoman Clarisse AGBEGNENOU, claiming her third gold medal also.

  • ABE Hifumi (JPN) defending his World title.Fotógrafo: Rafal Burza
  • TAKATO Naohisa (JPN) securing a third World title in the -60kg category.Fotógrafo: Rafal Burza
  • Defending Champion, Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) takes the gold again.Fotógrafo: Rafal Burza

The Unification

The final day of competition was the Mixed Teams event. The Korean team was unified on this day for the first time in judo, made up of players from the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. This momentous occasion was celebrated with a bronze medal for the team as they wore the new back patch “COR” to symbolise the teams coming together.

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Noticias

FRENCH AND RUSSIAN GLORY FOR EUROPE IN TEAM EVENT

27.09.2018 | 15:59 | in
FRENCH AND RUSSIAN GLORY FOR EUROPE IN TEAM EVENT Tournament favourites, Japan and France put on a very convincing performance and fulfilled the prophecy by meeting each other in the final day of the World Judo Championships 2018. Each team for the final contained World medallists from this... Seguir leyendo

OPEN SILVER NOT ENOUGH FOR CERIC

27.09.2018 | 09:58 | in
OPEN SILVER NOT ENOUGH FOR CERIC In the +78kg category, Europe took two bronze medals, the first Larisa CERIC (BIH) and the second, Kayra SAYIT (TUR). Both competitors proved they were worthy of place on the podium. Larisa CERIC (BIH) was particularly pleased with her World... Seguir leyendo

TUSHISHVILI TAKES TEDDY'S TITLE

26.09.2018 | 17:51 | in
TUSHISHVILI TAKES TEDDY'S TITLE With Teddy RINER (FRA) out of the picture, the opportunity to take the World title in the +100kg category was open to all of the athletes. There were, however, some big names from Europe that were favourites to win. Guram TUSHISHVILI (GEO) and... Seguir leyendo

FINAL CLAIMS FOR RUSSIA

26.09.2018 | 09:54 | in
FINAL CLAIMS FOR RUSSIA With only one medal in the tournament so far and no entries for the final day of individual competition, this was Russia’s last chance to bring home another medal in the -78kg and -100kg categories. They struck bronze in each weight... Seguir leyendo

GEORGIA'S CAPTAIN SECURES SILVER

25.09.2018 | 21:03 | in
GEORGIA'S CAPTAIN SECURES SILVER The World Championships always has devastating surprise exits, the standard is so high that we see top seeds or previous champions go out in the second or third round. The sixth day has been no different. The French team had a particularly... Seguir leyendo

SPAINS SHERAZADISHVILI GOES IN THE HISTORY BOOKS

24.09.2018 | 19:55 | in
SPAINS SHERAZADISHVILI GOES IN THE HISTORY BOOKS NIKOLOZ SHERAZADISHVILI (ESP) -90KG GOLD  Since 1951, there has never been a Spanish World Champion in any of the men’s categories, until today. SHERAZADISHVILI wrote history in Baku, Azerbaijan by storming through the -90kg... Seguir leyendo

HEYDAROV ENDS ON A HIGH

22.09.2018 | 18:58 | in
HEYDAROV ENDS ON A HIGH The Azeri crowd came out in droves, in support of their athletes today. Representing Azerbaijan were Olympic and World silver medallist, Rustam ORUJOV and junior World Champion Hidayat HEYDAROV in the -73kg category as well as MUNKHTSEDEV... Seguir leyendo

NEVER ENOUGH: 6 WORLD MEDALS FOR ZANTARAIA

21.09.2018 | 18:01 | in
NEVER ENOUGH: 6 WORLD MEDALS FOR ZANTARAIA The second day of the World Judo Championships carried on the theme of making history, witnessing siblings ABE Hifumi and ABE Uta of Japan both becoming World Champions. However, Europe did not go away empty handed after a gruelling tournament... Seguir leyendo

UKRAINIAN STARLET MAKES HISTORY

20.09.2018 | 19:16 | in
UKRAINIAN STARLET MAKES HISTORY It is the golden age of the Ukranian superstar. Daria BILODID has made history today as the youngest World Champion at just 17 years old. Not only that but she has broken the 27 year curse on this category, finally taking a gold medal for Europe... Seguir leyendo

#JUDOWORLDS2018 PREVIEW DAY 7

19.09.2018 | 01:55 | in
#JUDOWORLDS2018 PREVIEW DAY 7 With only a few hours to go until the official draw of the 2018 World Judo Championships, we are ready to introduce the remaining two weight divisions, Women +78kg and Men +100kg category. __gallery_1,2,3__ Host nation to close on European... Seguir leyendo

BAKU: A CITY OF CHAMPIONS

19.09.2018 | 00:27 | in
BAKU: A CITY OF CHAMPIONS On the eve of the 2018 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, the International Judo Federation hosted the Hall of Fame Gala on the 18th of September. __img1full__ On this occasion, the IJF inducted renowned and experienced individuals in... Seguir leyendo

#JUDOWORLDS2018 PREVIEW DAY 6

17.09.2018 | 00:22 | in
#JUDOWORLDS2018 PREVIEW DAY 6 The sixth day will stage another set of weight divisions, -78kg and -100kg category. Europe once again will be able to set their sights on glory. __gallery_1,2,3,4__ Tcheumeo with a point to prove  In 2017, Natalie POWELL (GRB) was... Seguir leyendo

#JUDOWORLDS2018 PREVIEW DAY 5

16.09.2018 | 23:01 | in
#JUDOWORLDS2018 PREVIEW DAY 5 On day five, current World Champions will return to the scene in both the -70kg and -90kg categories. As per the ladies, Europe will find many challenges to claim medals, however the men appear to be in a stronger position for a shot at the... Seguir leyendo

#JUDOWORLDS2018 PREVIEW DAY 4

16.09.2018 | 21:09 | in
#JUDOWORLDS2018 PREVIEW DAY 4 The fourth day of the event will be a fresh breeze for Europe as golden celebrations on course in both, the -63kg and -81kg category.   __gallery_1,2,3,4,5__ Is it really all about AGBEGNENOU vs TRSTENJAK? If there are any... Seguir leyendo