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This book is the third devoted to the three annual World Judo Championships that took place during the 2016 Rio Olympiad. Its content would not be possible without the assistance of the IJF making it freely available to the growing worldwide judo audience.


<ul><li><p>840</p><p>2720</p><p>32</p><p>45</p><p>Contents</p><p>Foreword by Marius Vizer </p><p>The Draw</p><p>Day 1 : Womens -48 kg</p><p>Day 1 : Mens -60 kg</p><p>Day 2 : Womens -52 kg</p><p>Day 2 : Mens -66 kg</p><p>Day 3 : Womens -57 kg Day 3 : Mens -73 kg</p><p>Day 4 : Womens -63 kg</p><p>Day 4 : Mens -81 kg</p><p>Day 5 : Womens -70 kg</p><p>Day 5 : Womens -78 kg</p><p>Day 5 : Mens -90 kg</p><p>Day 6 : Womens +78 kg</p><p>Day 6 : Mens -100 kg</p><p>Day 6 : Mens +100 kg</p><p>Day 7 : Mens team event</p><p>Day 7 : Womens team event</p><p>5</p><p>6</p><p>8</p><p>14</p><p>20</p><p>26</p><p>32</p><p>38</p><p>44</p><p>50</p><p>56</p><p>62</p><p>68</p><p>74</p><p>80</p><p>86</p><p>92</p><p>100</p><p>Competition reports copyright by Oon Yeoh and all pictures (unless attributed to others) copyright by David Finch</p><p>2</p></li><li><p>10097</p><p>81</p><p>52</p><p>88</p><p>93</p><p>74</p><p>General Stats by Hans van Essen</p><p>Hall of Fame</p><p>Interview with Larisa Kiss</p><p>Interview with Neil Adams</p><p>Interview with David McFall</p><p>Interview with Karen Briggs</p><p>Interview with Haruki Uemura</p><p>Covering my fChampionships : Shen Yeoh</p><p>Olympic motherhood : Marijana Miskovic</p><p>2017 Budapest World Judo Championships</p><p>Acknowledgements</p><p>106</p><p>124</p><p>134</p><p>136</p><p>138</p><p>140</p><p>142</p><p>144</p><p>148</p><p>150</p><p>152</p><p>3</p><p>irst world</p></li><li><p>4</p></li><li><p>Foreword by</p><p>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.</p><p>Marius L. VizerIJF President </p><p>5</p></li><li><p>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.</p><p>Five of the sports top competitors shared the stage with the delegations from the IJF and local organizing committee. </p><p>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.</p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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. </p><p>IJF President Marius Vizer (centre) addresses the coaches and delegates during the 2015 Astana draw</p><p>The coaches and delegates gather for the Draw of the Individual Competitions</p><p>The delegates, coach-es and IJF directors stand respectfully while the IJFs newly launched anthem is played</p><p>6</p></li><li><p>German coach, Michael Bazynski, intensely watches the electronic draw board</p><p>A delegate for the Draw gives the thumbs up before entering the room</p><p>The coaches and delegates watch the large electronic board as the competitors are added by the computer </p><p>Competition manager, Lisa Allan, speaks to the audience</p><p>Ki-Young Jeon of South Korea who was inducted into the IJFs Hall of Fame watches the draw</p><p>George Kerr CBE of Great Britain, </p><p>who is a 10th dan and has the Japanese Order </p><p>of the Rising Sun, addresses the </p><p>delegates</p><p>The five champions take questions from the audience</p><p>7</p></li><li><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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</p><p>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</p><p>Marina Cherniak of Ukraine throws Bo Kyeong Jeong of Korea without score eventually losing the u48kg medal to Jeong by an ippon</p><p>8</p><p>References to top-seeded in the following report refers to the top-ranked player in each particular pool and obviously not the whole category.</p></li><li><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Double world champion,Haruna Asami of Japan reaches the u48kg final after holding Nathalia Brigida of Brazil</p><p>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</p><p>9</p></li><li><p>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 immediately switched gears and started attacking Asami non-stop, causing the Japanese to accrue two penalties by the time the clock ran out. Her strategy worked and Pareto, who was a 2008 Beijing Olympic bronze medallist, was able to add gold to her world silver medal from last year.</p><p>Paula Pareto of Argentina (blue) defeated double world champion, Haruna Asami of Japan by a single shido (penalty) to win the u48kg (extra-lightweight) gold medal</p><p>Paula Pareto of Argentina, here attack-ing, defeated double world champion, Haruna Asami of Japan by a single shido (penalty) to win the u48kg (extra-lightweight) gold medall Under 48kg (extra-lightweight) medallists (L-R): Silver; Haruna </p><p>Asami (Japan), Gold; Paula Pareto (Argentina), bronzes; Bo Kyeong Jeong (South Korea) and Ami Kondo (Japan)</p><p>10</p></li><li><p>Under 48kg bronze medallist Ami Kondo of Japanwho was the gold medallist in 2014</p><p>Under 48kg gold medallist, Paula Pareto of Argentina</p><p>Under 48kg bronze medallist, Bo Kyeong Jeong (South Korea)</p><p>Under 48kg silver medallist and former double World champion, Haruna Asami of Japan stands respectfully during the Argentine national anthem</p><p>Womens -48 kg Medallists</p><p>11</p></li><li><p>Womens -48 kg StatisticsThe 40 participants U48kg was more than the last two editions</p><p>It was for the first time since 2005 that a Non-Asian country won the world title U48kg. See the champions above. The last European champion was in 1991, Cecile Nowak (FRA).</p><p>None of the London 2012 -48kg Olympic podium were on the stage on day one. Olympic champion Sarah Menezes lost to Charline van Snick (3) who lost her match against Pareto, while also Csernoviczki (3) lost to the Argentine winner, who finished fifth at the 2012 Olympics.</p><p>Paula Pareto has become the best ever judoka of Argentina with her gold medal, and silver in 2014 and Olympic bronze in Bejing 2008. Other world medals were achieved by Daniela Krukower in 2003 in Osaka who took the world title U63kg and Carolina Mariani who lost the world Championships final in 1995.</p><p>Of the last three World Champions U48kg Paula Pareto had the best results in her preparation. Two gold medals at Pan American Opens and two Grand Prix victories. Ami Kondo had only won the Japanese senior and junior title in 2014, while Munkhbat Urantsetseg won one Grand Prix in 2013 in advance of her world title.</p><p>In the category U48kg the numbers 2 (Pareto) 3 (Kondo), 13 (Asami) and 16 (Jeong) medalled at day 1. In 2014 1 (Munkhbat), 5 (Laborde), 18 (Kondo) and 19 (Buchard) medalled. In 2013 1 (Menezes), 2 (Asami), 3 (Van Snick) and 6 (Munkhbat) medalled.</p><p>With 29 years, Paula Pareto is the second oldest world champion U48kg. Only Ryoko Tani was older (32) in 2007 when she won her last of 7 World titles. Pareto is the 10th oldest over all weight categories</p><p>12</p></li><li><p>The top nations U48kg since the weight change in 1998 are</p><p>It simply tells that the Asian and Pan American nations are clearly dominating.</p><p>Ami Kondo youngest medallistMami Umeki was the second youngest medallist in Astana. Ami Kondo won bronze, also 20 years, but a few months younger. In the top five, four youngsters from Japan. Iakiv Khammo was the European sensation from the Ukraine winning bronze +100kg.</p><p>13</p></li><li><p>Day 1: Mens -60 kgTwo top players were missing from the -60kg competition: the No. 1 ranking Orkhan Safarov of Azerbaijan and former World Champion Naohisa Takato of Japan. However, the gold and silver medalists from the 2014 Chelyabinsk World Championships, Ganbat Boldbaatar of Mongolia and Beslan Mudranov of Russia, were there. In addition, up-and-coming players like Uzbekistans Sharafuddin Lutfillaev and South Koreans Kim Won-Jin were competing as well. So, there were plenty of good fights to be seen.</p><p>Pool A: Ganbat Boldbaatar (MGL)The top seed here was defending World Champion Ganbat Boldbaatar of Mongolia but he had not won an IJF circuit event since winning the world title in Chelyabinsk. Still, it was he who was most likely to top this pool. His first match, against Bekir Ozlu of Turkey, was a lacklustre affair which he won by yuko. His next match, against Israels Artiom Arshanki, was worse and he had to scrape through by penalties. Ganbat redeemed himself in his next match, when he threw Brazils Felipe Kitadai with sumi-gaeshi for ippon. This earned him a place in the semi-finals. </p><p>Pool B: Rustam Ibrayev (KAZ)Uzbekistans Sharafuddin Lutfillaev is considered to be one of the most promising newcomers. He is not that well-known but he did well to win the Samsun Grand Prix and Tblisi Grand Prix this year. The more famous Amiran Papinashvili of Georgia was in his pool though. As it turned out, it was the even lesser-known Rustam Ibrayev of Kazakhstan who emerged top of this pool. Ibrayev began his campaign by throwing Bulgarias Yanislav Gerchev with a tomoe-nage for yuko. He then defeated Ecuadors Lenin Preciado with osoto-gari, also for yuko. This brought him up against the formidable Papinashvili but he handily defeated the Georgian with a sumi-gaeshi for waza-ari. He had another tough fight after that, against South Koreas very tactical Choi In-Hyuk. Ibrayev was down on penalties when he pulled off a tewaza counter which scored waza-ari in the last minute. </p><p>Pool C: Shishime Toru (JPN)South Koreas Kim Won-Jin was the top favorite here. If Japan had entered Takato, he would have been the top favorite but Japans entrant for this weight class is the lesser-known Shishime Toru (ranked 11th). Shishime proved that he was the right choice by topping this pool though. First, he beat Mohamed Jafy of Morocco with a dazzling uchimata for ippon. Then, he threw Taiwans rising star, Tsai Ming Yen, with the same technique, except this time it was for waza-ari. His next fight, against Brazils Eric Takabatake was a hard fought one and he ended up winnin...</p></li></ul>


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