World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

ONE LAST ATTEMPT

It’s been 9 years since Kayra OZDEMIR (TUR/+78) made her World Championships debut in Astana (KAZ) in 2015. She lost in round three back then. On Thursday, in Abu Dhabi (UAE), the 36-year-old Turkish player made her 7th and final appearance at the World Championships. This time Kayra stormed through…

23 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

KOTSOIEV BRINGS SECOND TITLE TO AZERBAIJAN

Incredibly, we have reached the end of the fifth and final day of the individual World Judo Championships 2024 in Abu Dhabi. With only one day left for the Mixed Teams, European Judo were keen to see if our athletes could best the seven titles won in Doha in 2023.…

23 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

SECOND TITLE ON THE CARDS FOR TUSHISHVILI

Day five of the World Judo Championships 2024 in Abu Dhabi saw the last of the individual competitors look for the world titles in the -100kg, +78kg and +100kg categories. The defending champion, Arman ADAMIAN (AIN) saw a surprise early exit, but the excitement continued, with double world champions Jorge…

23 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

TWO WEEKS OF HOLIDAY AT LAST!

22nd and final act in the Olympic qualification: Former World champion Anna-Maria WAGNER (-78/GER) had a seemingly comfortable 1,167-point lead before the World Championships in Abu Dhabi. But in round 3, in the fight against Tokyo Olympic champion Shori HAMADA (JPN), everything could have tipped in favour of team-mate Alina…

22 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

FRUSTRATION MANAGEMENT

The (sporting) disappointments of 2023 have been swallowed and processed. For good. Margaux Pinot, 30, is at the pinnacle of her career. The 13th-ranked player in the world, who is condemned to spectate at her home games in Paris, beat the higher-ranked (Olympic fixed starter) Marie Eve Gahie in an…

22 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

FINAL MISSION

His right eyelid is bloodshot, he hasn’t yet digested his narrow defeat in the final against underdog Goki TAJIMA (JPN/No. 89 in the world rankings). But when Emanja MAJDOV (SRB) starts to talk about his long career as a world-class athlete, he looks happy and content in one fell swoop,…

22 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

PINOT WINS HISTORIC EXCHANGE

Day four of the World Judo Championships 2024 in Abu Dhabi welcomed the -70kg, -90kg and -78kg categories. With no defending World Champions present, the end result would be a completely new batch. Following the preliminaries however, three of the six finalists were looking toward a second title win. Marie…

22 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A LONG ROAD BACK

The women in the -70kg and -78kg category may have played well according to their seeding and ranking, but the -90kg category delivered some of the biggest shocks of the World Judo Championships so far in Abu Dhabi. Many of the front runners were forced to accept early exits this…

22 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

WIN-WIN SITUATION

Kate CORKERY (AUS) has been President of the Oceania Judo Union and thus also IJF Vice President for about six months. From 2016 to 2021, the lawyer was President of the Australian Judo Federation. “They needed a gender equality and anti-doping specialist. I was initially an advisor, later I became…

22 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

TATO`S 3-POINT PLAN

This is what winners look like. “My head hurts and I’m really exhausted. Every one of my fights was tough,” gasps the newly crowned 3-time world champion Tato GRIGALASHVILI (GEO). He was on the mat for five encounters and 20:37 net minutes on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi. The strain is…

21 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

"MY ANGER IS HUGE!"

She is finally allowed to sit for a moment, in a tiny room that has been converted from a storeroom into a TV studio: Clarisse Agbegnenou, Olympic and six-time World champion, has a bronze medal hanging around her neck and is smiling. Only her voice gives a hint of her…

21 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

JOANNE'S MASTERPIECE

It was only a matter of time before Joanne VAN LIESHOUT, two-time junior world champion and Dutch shooting star, won her first major seniors title.The 21-year-old student has climbed to sixth place in the IJF world rankings in recent months and has long been guaranteed a place at the Olympic…

21 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

HISTORIC THIRD TITLE FOR TATO

With only two of the fourteen weight categories competing on day three of the 2024 World Judo Championships in Abu Dhabi, we were in for a somewhat swift final block. The -63kg and -81kg delivered countless surprises in the preliminary rounds, leaving only one of the defending World Champions to…

21 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

PREDICTIONS BE DAMNED ON DAY THREE

For most spectators and avid judo fans, day three of the World Judo Championships 2024 was set to see the almighty -81kg final rematch between defending champion, Tato GRIGALASHVILI (GEO) and former champion Matthias CASSE (BEL), as well as Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) protecting her red back patch and reaching for…

21 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

WET EYES & GOOSEBUMPS

Hidayat HEYDAROV (AZE/-73) is rushing from victory to victory in the 2024 Olympic season. He has won the Grand Slam in Baku in February, the European Championships in Zagreb in April and was crowned World Judo champion on Monday. Season record: 15 fights, 15 wins.“I can’t believe it. I’m finally…

20 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

COACH ROK MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

Luukas SAHA (FIN) has spent months trying to forget about the race to qualify for the Olympics and put setbacks behind him. In the back of his mind was his 5th place at the Grand Slam in Paris 2022: “On the one hand, I knew that I had what it…

20 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

THE WORLD CHAMPION IS BACK

Former World champion Nils STUMP (SUI/73) has been growing a beard since February, when the 27-year-old German-Swiss was able to train again without restrictions. The pain from his shoulder operation last November has been history since the beginning of the year. His freedom of movement has been fully restored and…

20 May 2024

World Championships Seniors (Individual+Teams) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

OLYMPIC DREAMS REALISED

Abu Dhabi played host not only to the second day of the 2024 World Championships, but saw Olympic dreams come true for a number of athletes. Starting in the -66kg category, by the quarter finals, Matteo PIRAS (ITA) had confirmed his Olympic spot, but battled his way through to the…

20 May 2024