15 June 2009

Nine European leaders in new IJF World Ranking

Nine European leaders in new IJF World Ranking

In the new IJF World Ranking Europe has nine leaders in all 14 weight categories. Athletes can gain points at another 11 events in 2009 for Olympic qualification. The next event is the IJF Grand Slam of Rio de Janeiro.

Jeroen Mooren (NED-1) leads the U60 category, followed by Rishod Sobirov (UZB-2) of the Asian Federation. Four out of five are EJU judokas.

Miklos Ungvari (HUN-1) is ranked as one in the U66kg. Sugoi Uriarte (SPA-2) follows after his silver medal in Moscow.

Mansur Isaev (RUS-2) is the best ranked judoka from Europe U73kg. WANG Ki-Chun (KOR-1) is the undisputed number one.

Another Korean has the most points U81kg; SONG Dae-Nam (KOR-1) has 20 more points than Siarhei Shundzikau (BLR-2). European Champion Ivan Nifontov (RUS-3) is ranked third. Last weekend’s winner Antonio Ciano (ITA-10) jumps to position 10.

Shundzikau’s compatriot Andrei Kazusionak (BLR-1) leads the ranking U90kg, just before Matthieu Dafreville (FRA-2) who had an excellent pre-season.

The first Japanese leader is Takamasa Anai (JPN-1) U100kg, thanks to his win at the Grand Slam in Paris. Dimitri Peters (GER-5) is the best European ranked judoka ranked as number 5.

Alexander Mikhaylin (RUS-1) leads the super heavyweight class due to his win in Moscow two weeks ago. Martin Padar (EST-2) won last week in his own country Estonia and is now ranked second.

In the women’s category U48kg Tomoko Fukumi (JPN-1) leads before Frédérique Jossinet (FRA-2) as only European judoka amongst six other continents. Éva Csernoviczky (HUN-8) is the second European in the top 10, ranked 8th.

Natalia Kuzyutina (RUS-1) has won the Grand Slam in Paris, and the World Cup in Prague and the European title this year. She is leading U52kg. Six European judokas form the top 8 joint by Misato Nakamura (JPN-2), and HE Hongmei (CHN-5).

Telma Monteiro (POR-1) is dominant U57kg. The European champion won the World Cup two weeks ago in her own country and previously won the World Cup in Sofia and Grand Prix of Hamburg. Ioulietta Boukouvala (GRE-3) is ranked third thanks to her win in Paris.

Japanese Grand Slam of Paris winner Yoshie Ueno (JPN-1) leads the U63kg followed by six European athletes. European Champion Urska Zolnir (SLO-2) and Elisabeth Willeboordse (NED-3) who won last weekend in Madrid, form the top 3.

Lucie Decosse (FRA-1) only competed at two events and won both; The Grand Slam of Paris and the European Championships where she beat Edith Bosch (NED-3) who is ranked third after her win in Madrid this weekend. Yoriko Kunihara (JPN-2) is close to Decosse in the U70 category.

The second French leader of the IJF World Ranking is Céline Lebrun (FRA-1). She won the Grand Slam of Paris and the Grand prix of Hamburg making her the number one U78kg. After YANG Xiuli (CHN-2) six other Europeans form the top 8.

Elena Ivashchenko (RUS-1) won the European title which helped her being the current number one. A European top 3, with Lucija Polavder (SLO-3) and Urzula Sadkowska (POL-4) who won last week in Madrid. No other Europeans are in the top 10.

Please find below the new IJF World Ranking in PDF format after this weekend’s matches in Tallinn and Lisbon!

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