Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

DAY FIVE PRELIMINARIES: EUROPEAN RULE WITH 16 IN FINAL BLOCK

Day five certainly saw some surprise early exits in the women’s -70kg from the likes of Margaux PINOT (FRA) as well as disappointing ends in the mens -90kg category for Mammadali MEHDIYEV (AZE), Axel CLERGET (FRA) and TOTH Krizstian (HUN), all in touching distance of the quarter finals.  We can…

28 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

EJU PROJECT 'JUDOKAS: THE ORIGINALS' PUBLISHED BY IOC

This week we are delighted to share with the judo community a project that the EJU media and video production team have been working on behind closed doors with many of Europe’s Olympic athletes, some already in possession of an Olympic title this week!  The IOC published the ‘Judokas: The…

28 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

AGBEGNENOU REWRITES HER OLYMPIC ENDING

2016 Olympic silver medallist. 2021 Olympic champion.  It was an all-European final between Clarisse AGBEGNENOU (FRA) and Tina TRSTENJAK (SLO). This final was already an incredible result as it was actually a repeat of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic final when the gold medal went to Trstenjak.  Today, that…

27 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

EUROPE ACCUMULATE FIVE MEDALS INCLUDING ANTICIPATED OLYMPIC TITLE

Repechage & Semi Finals Juul FRANSSEN of the Netherlands was first of the European athletes to make her way in to the bronze medal fights, beating out Ketleyn QUADROS (BRA), unfortunately in the second of the repechage contests, Agata OZDOBA-BLACH (POL) who had a fantastic morning was just unable to…

27 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

DAY FOUR PRELIMINARIES: OLYMPIC DREAMS COMING TRUE FOR EUROPEAN OUTSIDERS

We are now at the midway point of individual competition and the excitement continues with shock losses in the preliminary rounds including the early exit of Japan’s hope in the -63kg category at the hands of Agata OZDOBA-BLACH (POL). This is judo.  The favourite to win in todays women’s category…

27 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

NORA GJAKOVA DOMINATED -57KG TO TAKE SECOND OLYMPIC TITLE FOR KOSOVO IN TOKYO

Majlinda KELMENDI, the first major success of Kosovo. Not only is she an Olympic champion but also has two world titles and four at continental level.  On day one of the Olympic Games judo event, Distria KRASNIQI followed perfectly in her footsteps taking the second ever medal for Kosovo, and…

26 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

KOSOVO TAKE YET ANOTHER TITLE WHILE GEORGIA PICKS UP SECOND SILVER

Repechage & Semi Finals First to take a place in the bronze medal contest was Eteri LIPARTELIANI (GEO) though it was certainly a struggle for her against the 2019 world bronze medallist Julia KOWALCZYK (POL). It was a golden score affair and with two shidos against her name, the Georgian…

26 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

DAY THREE PRELIMINARIES: A POTENTIAL OF TWO OLYMPIC GOLDS FOR EUROPE

For the -57kg category, the seeding has worked as intended, as the top four; Jessica KLIMKAIT (CAN), Sarah Leonie CYSIQUE (FRA), YOSHIDA Tsukasa (JPN) and Nora GJAKOVA (KOS) made it through to the semi-final positions.  It was a close one between Cysique and her European challenger Eteri LIPARTELIANI (GEO) with…

26 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

BUCHARD AND MARGVELASHVILI TAKE STRIDES TO OLYMPIC FINALS

We might not be able to claim a new Olympic champion for Europe, but the two silver medallists had an astounding day, #1 seed Amandine BUCHARD (FRA) and #3 seed Vazha MARGVELASHVILI (GEO) carried their countries and the continent to glory on day two.  For the -52kg Buchard, her preliminary…

25 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

TWO SILVERS AND TWO BRONZE FOR EUROPE ON DAY TWO

Repechage & Semi Finals First up for Europe was PUPP Reka (HUN) who swiftly put a score on the board with uchi mata. Though it was early and there was plenty of time for her opponent PARK Da-Sol (KOR) to catch up, she became desperate which allowed Pupp to work…

25 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

DAY TWO PRELIMINARIES: STRONG OLYMPIC PERFORMANCES IN -52KG AND -66KG

Europe have once again had a tremendous day so far in the -52kg and -66kg category, with three of the four semi finalists hailing from the continent in the women’s category and one in the men’s but 10 athletes altogether in the final block.  As per expected in the Olympic…

25 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

DISTRIA KRASNIQI CROWNED OLYMPIC CHAMPION

Without shadow of a doubt, the player of the day on day one of the Olympic Games 2021 was Distria KRASNIQI of Kosovo.  From the offset she was clearly on a mission and today was her day. Following in her team mate and training partner, Majlinda KELMENDI’s footsteps, she rose…

24 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

TRIO OF MEDALS FOR EUROPE ON DAY ONE OF OLYMPIC GAMES

The final block of day one first saw the repechage and semi finals take place. With eight Europeans competing for medals, it was going to be a strong competition.  Repechage & Semi Finals First up were the women, Shira RISHONY (ISR) defeated Chen-Hao LIN (TPE) followed by a win from…

24 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

DAY ONE PRELIMINARIES: SURPRISE EXITS FROM TOP SEEDS

Good morning Europe! An incredible start to the Olympic Games in Tokyo has seen some surprise early exits for both the men and women on day one. The lightweight competitors have done an exemplary job of premiering the judo event.   In the -48kg category, the top four seeds; Distria…

24 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

ONLY A HANDFUL RECEIVE THE LUCK OF THE DRAW

The draw for the Tokyo Olympics is now complete. The line-up and potential match-ups across the 14 categories will undoubtedly generate much speculation. But for those athletes who have a first round contest their opponent is known and there is no longer any guess work (at least in the first…

23 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

WHERE TO WATCH JUDO LIVE

The main question for all judo fans world wide is: “Where can I watch the action? Unfortunately it is not possible to stream the judo event live on ijf-live.org But don’t worry, here is the list with the broadcasters where you can watch the Olympic Games in your country. Depending…

23 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

EUROPE TOTAL NINE FLAG BEARERS IN OPENING CEREMONY

With the draw already wrapped up and final preparations underway for our Olympic athletes, some have a little more to be excited about; the opening ceremony.  Though it won’t be under usual regulations, it will still be an extraordinary event where the athletes from all over the world come together…

23 July 2021

Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

ANTICIPATION BEFORE AND AFTER THE DRAW

The postponed and now much anticipated 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games is almost upon us. But before the action begins on the tatami (Saturday 24th July), on the track, in the pool and so on, there will be the spectacle of the opening ceremony (albeit due to the pandemic one behind closed…

21 July 2021