2 February 2010

Japan strengthens positions at IJF World Ranking

Japan strengthens positions at IJF World Ranking

Hiroaki Hiraoka (JPN) is the new leader U60kg in the IJF World Ranking. He took over the position from Georgii Zantaraya (UKR). Hiraoka gained additional points at the IJF Grand Slam of Tokyo and the IJF Masters in Suwon.

Tsagaanbaatar Khashbaatar (MGL-U66), Wang Ki-Chun (KOR-U73) and Ivan Nifontov (RUS-U81) kept their dominant position. The new number one U90kg is Japans’ Takashi Ono. He won the Masters in Suwon.
The same counts for Takamasa Anai (JPN) U100kg who stays number one, with Hee-Tae Hwang (KOR) as good second. Both judoka fought the final. Hwang beat Anai in Tokyo, Anai defeated Hwang in Korea.
Teddy Riner (FRA) is still the undisputed number one in the heavyweight category.

In the women’s category Japan did business recently. U48kg Tomoko Fukumi (JPN) leads the women after her win in Tokio. Asami Haruna (JPN-3) won the IJF Masters and is now in third position behind Frederique Jossinet (FRA-2).

Misato Nakamura (JPN) almost doubles the points of the number two in the U52kg category, although Natalia Kuzyutina (RUS-2) won the World Cup of Sofia last week.

Telma Monteiro (POR-1) is still leading U57kg. Yoshie Ueno (JPN-1) only strengthened her position winning both in Japan and Korea.

U70kg two Europeans lead; Lucie Decosse (FRA-1) and Anett Meszaros (HUN-2). Take the first two positions.

Another French, Céline Lebrun is leading U78kg after he victory at the IJF Masters.
Three Asian form the top 3 over 78kg, World Champion Wen Tong is leading the trio. Elena Ivaschenko (RUS-4) is the best positioned European fighter, just for Lucija Polavder (SLO-5) who beat the Russian heavyweight last week in Sofia.