Foreword by Marius Vizer
Day 1 : Womens -48 kg
Day 1 : Mens -60 kg
Day 2 : Womens -52 kg
Day 2 : Mens -66 kg
Day 3 : Womens -57 kg Day 3 : Mens -73 kg
Day 4 : Womens -63 kg
Day 4 : Mens -81 kg
Day 5 : Womens -70 kg
Day 5 : Womens -78 kg
Day 5 : Mens -90 kg
Day 6 : Womens +78 kg
Day 6 : Mens -100 kg
Day 6 : Mens +100 kg
Day 7 : Mens team event
Day 7 : Womens team event
Competition reports copyright by Oon Yeoh and all pictures (unless attributed to others) copyright by David Finch
General Stats by Hans van Essen
Hall of Fame
Interview with Larisa Kiss
Interview with Neil Adams
Interview with David McFall
Interview with Karen Briggs
Interview with Haruki Uemura
Covering my fChampionships : Shen Yeoh
Olympic motherhood : Marijana Miskovic
2017 Budapest World Judo Championships
Marius VizerIJF PresidentThe IJF World Judo Championships 2015 were a fantastic occasion for our sport, athletes, judo fans and the debutant host city of Astana, Kazakhstan. I am delighted to note that the World Judo Championships found resonance amongst sports fans across the world on an unprecedented scale this year. The remarkable quality of action on display has gone a long way in attracting more sports fans to live coverage of judo and created greater understanding of the sport. I would like to thank all our partners for their efforts in taking the sport to wider audiences and raising the profile of judo worldwide. I hope you will all enjoy this special e-book looking back at all the unforgettable moments from the week-long showpiece of the IJF World Judo Tour.
Marius L. VizerIJF President
The DrawGood afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, colleagues and members of the media, it is an honour for us to organise this World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, said IJF President Marius Vizer in his opening address at the draw. I wish the athletes good luck and a lot of success. I hope the behaviour of everyone is according to the level of the organisation. I would like to thank the Government of Kazakhstan, the Sports Ministry and the Kazakhstan Judo Federation. I wish you all the best and a successful stay in Kazakhstan.
Five of the sports top competitors shared the stage with the delegations from the IJF and local organizing committee.
Paula Pareto (ARG): I dont feel any difference in who I fight against because at this level you will come up against the best athletes and have to beat them if you want to be the champion.
Clarisse Agbegnenou (FRA): This competition is very important for me. I have been in the last two world finals and I hope to achieve that one more time. I want to keep my red back number as the world champion in the build-up to the Olympic Games.
Azamat Mukanov (KAZ): Welcome all delegates to the World Championships 2015. We have all been training very hard for this event and as a team will do everything to try to win at this event.
Mikhail Pulyaev (RUS): We are feeling very well prepared for the World Championships, the draw for me is good and may the best man win.
Riki Nakaya: (JPN): I have won the worlds twice but I have a habit of dropping my level the year after I win so I dont want to focus on that too much. I want to focus on each fight and give my all for Japan.
IJF President Marius Vizer (centre) addresses the coaches and delegates during the 2015 Astana draw
The coaches and delegates gather for the Draw of the Individual Competitions
The delegates, coach-es and IJF directors stand respectfully while the IJFs newly launched anthem is played
German coach, Michael Bazynski, intensely watches the electronic draw board
A delegate for the Draw gives the thumbs up before entering the room
The coaches and delegates watch the large electronic board as the competitors are added by the computer
Competition manager, Lisa Allan, speaks to the audience
Ki-Young Jeon of South Korea who was inducted into the IJFs Hall of Fame watches the draw
George Kerr CBE of Great Britain,
who is a 10th dan and has the Japanese Order
of the Rising Sun, addresses the
The five champions take questions from the audience
Day 1: Womens -48 kgJapan is traditionally very strong in this category although in recent years 2013 world champion Urantsetseg Munkhbat of Mongolia has grown to become a top favourite. To increase its chances at gold, Japan entered two world champions, Ami Kondo, who had won her world title in 2014 at the age of 19 and 27 year old Haruna Asami, who had won hers in 2010 and 2011.
Pool A: Haruna Asami (JPN)Asami proved she was far from past her prime by topping her pool and defeating Munkhbat along the way. She won her first match, against Israels Shira Rishony, with uchimata for ippon. That pit her up against Munkhbat, whom she defeated narrowly by shido. She won her next match more decisively against Ukraines Maryna Cherniak, with a hold down for ippon.
Pool B: Taciana Lima (GBS)Brazilian-born Taciana Lima, who fights for Guinea-Bissau, is the top seed here. But it was another Brazilian, the lesser-known Nathalia Brigida, who emerged the victor. She won her first match, against Moldovas Cristina Budescu, by throwing her twice before pinning her for ippon. Next, she beat Kyrgystans Anara Zhumali with a massive osoto-gari for ippon in just under a minute. Turkeys Dilara Lokmanhekim proved to a tougher opponent and Brigida had to be content with an osoto-gari for yuko during Golden Score. Her next opponent, Romanias Monica Ungureanu, also took her to Golden Score. Brigida won that one with a very low koshi-guruma for waza-ari.
Pool C: Paula Pareto (ARG)This pool looked to be the hardest one of all with Argentinas World Silver Medalist Paula Pareto, Brazils Olympic Champion Sarah Menezes, Belgiums Charline Van Snick and Hungarys Champion Eva Csernoviczki both European champions all battling for pole position. Pareto proved that her silver medal last year was no fluke by emerging victor. She has a very powerful drop sode-tsuri-komi-goshi which she used to great effect in her first match, against Vietnams Van Ngoc Tu. She threw twice with it once for yuko and once for waza-ari (though it could have easily been an ippon). Her next match was a bruising battle with Belgiums Van Snick. Pareto had to rely on penalties to win that one. Just as tough was Hungarys Csernoviczki but this time Pareto managed to drop underneath with a cross-grip seoi-nage for ippon.
Pool D: Jeong Bo-Kyeong (KOR)All eyes were on 2014 Chelyabinsk World Champion Kondo who looked like she had a clear run to the top. As it turned out, little-known Jeong Bo-Kyeong of South Korea got in her way. The scrappy Jeong won her first match, against Kazakhstans Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh with a shido in Golden Score. She then showed her throwing power by beating Spains Julia Figueroa with a cross-grip osoto-gari for ippon. That matched her up against Kondo, whom she fought tactically and surprised with a drop morote-seoi-nage for yuko. It was enough for her to win the match and a place in the semi-finals. Semi-finalAsami convincingly defeated Brigida with kouchi-gari for waza-ari and then pinned her for waza-ari-awasatte-ippon to get to the final. Lima won that one with a very low koshi-guruma for waza-ari.
Former world champion, Haruna Asami of Japan looks towards the refer-ee after throwing Shira Rishony of Israel for an ippon as she progressed to the u48kg final and the silver medal
Marina Cherniak of Ukraine attempts to armlock Dayaris Mestre Alvarez of Cuba eventu-ally winning their u48kg contest by 2 penalty points to the Cuban
Marina Cherniak of Ukraine throws Bo Kyeong Jeong of Korea without score eventually losing the u48kg medal to Jeong by an ippon
References to top-seeded in the following report refers to the top-ranked player in each particular pool and obviously not the whole category.
Semi-FinalAsami convincingly defeated Brigida with kouchi-gari for waza-ari and then pinned her for waza-ari-awasatte-ippon to get to the final. Pareto only managed to throw Jeong for yuko with her trademark drop sode-tsuri-komi-goshi but it was enough to win the match.
Bronze Jeong, who had been impressive all day, won her bronze medal in style by throwing Cherniak with a neat side-takedown for ippon. Kondo, who is good at groundwork, pinned Brigida for ippon to win her bronze medal, although it seemed like little consolation to the 2014 World Champion.
Double world champion,Haruna Asami of Japan reaches the u48kg final after holding Nathalia Brigida of Brazil
Former world champion, Urantsetseg Munkhbat of Mongolia (white) tries to throw Haruna Asami of Japan but does so without a score eventually losing the u48kg contest by a shido penalty while Asami reached the final and the silver medal
Gold The final was a classic case of technique versus tactics and this time, tactics won out. Asami looked dominating at first, unleashing a flurry of attacks that nearly threw Pareto several times. At one point, Asami was ahead after Pareto got a shido for passivity. That penalty must have shook up the Argentinian who