30 July 2013

Europe leads IJF World Ranking with seven captains

Europe leads IJF World Ranking with seven captains

Europe has seven World Ranking leaders in advance of the World Championships judo in Rio de Janeiro. Seven is the same number of European Olympic Champions, but only one Olympic Champion in 2012 is still leading the World Ranking. Brazilian Sarah Menezes is the only leading judoka. This week the points of the Olympic Games of 2012 have been reduced to 50%, a regular procedure applicable for all tournaments. The points are reduced by weeknumber to prevent that halfway the World Championships in Rio, points will be reduced for the first weight categories that stared in London at 28 July. This year’s World Championships are held from 26 August until 1 September, ending with the team event.

The 2011 World Championships points will be reduced to zero after the World Championships in Rio.

Europe is currently leading in the following categories:

U60 Amiran PAPINASHVILI (GEO)

U90 Varlam LIPARTELIANI (GEO)

U100 Elkhan MAMMADOV (AZE)

U52 Majlinda KELMENDI (IJF)

U57 Automne PAVIA (FRA)

U63 Yarden GERBI (ISR)

U70 Kim POLLING (NED)

At the Olympic Games 5 men and 2 women claimed the Olympic title, now four women are leading.

The current World Ranking is applicable for the seeding at the draw at 25 Augustus in Rio de Janeiro.

Pan America follows Europe with five world ranking leaders, all from host Brazil. Mongolia represents Asia with two leaders. Japan fails with a world ranking leader for the first time. Japan’s best ranked athletes are lightweights Naohisa Takato (U60) and Haruna Asami (U48). Japan though has selected three current World Champions.

Teddy Riner is Europe’s best ranked Olympic Champion at the second place as due to the reduction he was placed to rank two for the first time since July 2010.

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