28 May 2013

Europe celebrates three new World Ranking leaders

Europe celebrates three new World Ranking leaders

The effect on the European successes at the IJF Judo Masters in Tyumen is clearly in the latest IJF World Ranking. Europe has three new World Ranking leaders in Yarden Gerbi (ISR – U63kg), Kim Polling (NED – U70kg) and Avtandil Tchrikishvili (GEO – U81kg).

It’s a real celebration for Israel that now has its first World Ranking leader ever. Not even Ariel Zeevi was able to claim the top spot in the World Ranking, now Israel can be proud of Yarden Gerbi who is the new leader in the World Ranking since Saturday when she won a silver medal at the Masters in Tyumen. The basis was already there when she won gold in Baku’s Grand Slam.

Gerbi passes French Clarisse Agbegnenou who’s the world’s number two U63kg.

Kim Polling is the new number one in the category U70kg. Nobody is surprised about that after her fifth win in a row in Tyumen. The Dutch powerhouse is unveiling as the new dominator in judo with her unrivaled streak this year. Polling took over the leading position from Kelita Zupancic (CAN) in a direct fight in Tyumen’s final. Lucie Decosse is still ranked third, Laura Vargas-Koch fourth.

For The Netherlands it’s the first time to have two leading positions as also Henk Grol regained his leading position.

Georgian fighter Avtandil Tchrikishvili celebrates his first number one position ever. It’s the first time that Georgia has this position in this category. With Varlam Liparteliani also Georgia has two world leaders since Sunday. He took over the World supremacy of Victor Penalber.

Europe has eight leaders in total, two more than the previous ranking which is corrected with the points from Masters 2013 and the reduction of 50% of the World Cup in El Salvador, Miami and the Grand Slam of Moscow of last year. Also the points are reduced to zero of the 2011 Grand Slam in Moscow.

Teddy Riner is still the number one +100kg. Adam Okruashvili, the winner of Sunday in Tyumen gained more points and has risen to the number three spot, just behind Rafael Silva.

Another French, Automne Pavia is still strong U57kg. Kosovarian judoka Majlinda Kelmendi won the IJF Masters in Tyumen and already was the world’s number one, but now has the most points of all judoka in all categories.

Asia has now 3 world leaders. The same number as Pan America, two weeks ago five.

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