1 November 2023


World Championships Veterans


The World Judo Championships Veterans 2023 is underway in Abu Dhabi. Europe already won over two dozens of gold medals. On the overall medal table, France is currently the highest ranked from the continent, sitting behind Kazakhstan and Brazil. Meanwhile, Netherland’s regular golden supplier, Hendrick KOPPE, delivered in style once more. 

Hendrick KOPPE in action at the World Judo Championships Veterans 2023. © IJF

Koppe won his 10th European title back in June, following which, he began his preparation for the worlds to outclass the M7 +100kg category. His road to glory started off by facing Khairullo NAZRIEV (TJK) who appeared to be the toughest fight of the day. It took almost the full contest time to defeat his opponent. The semi final saw Kydyrbay ABISHEV (KAZ) fronting the challenges of the Dutch veteran. Thirty seconds into the contest, Abishev attempted to gain advantage with a left sided harai-goshi which was immensely outpowered and countered by Koppe, scoring for waza-ari. Ten seconds later, with a timely caught transition, Koppe booked his spot into the final. 

Leslie CLARKE (AUS) was the last hurdle for Koppe to reach his 12th world title. He did so in style and claimed victory within six seconds. In an interview earlier this year, the Dutch judoka explained he has no plans to stop. 

Life is good, body is good, training is easy. My wife asks me sometimes when I will stop, I think about it but not ready yet.

See you back next year for more!

Hendrick KOPPE won his 12th world title in Abu-Dhabi. © IJF

The tournament continues with the remaining male (M2 – M3 – M4) and all the female divisions. Follow the event live online https://judotv.com.

Author: Szandra Szogedi