Georgia nonetheless dominant in males’s judo

The ultimate judo event of the 12 months was the IJF World Judo Masters in Jerusalem. An necessary event close to gaining elements for the 2024 Olympic Qualification. Who would have thought give years that Judo grew to turn out to be such an important sport in Israel. The medal desk confirmed an excellent illustration of the vitality of world judo with Japan principal after the three match days, adopted by France and Georgia.

A decade of Shavdatuashvili

Throughout the males’s weight lessons we see an overload of Georgian athletes who’re on the prime of the score. An identical to ultimate 12 months Lasha Shavdatuashvili stays main U73kg. The division the place double World Champion Shohei Ono swiftly said farewell as an vigorous participant. Judo followers had anticipated him to equal judo legend and triple Olympic Champion Tadahiro Nomura in Paris in 2024. Ono though had one different plans and strikes to the UK to vary into coach, just like his private coach Kosei Inoue did years previously. Olympic runner up U73kg Shavdatuashvili stays main and is not the one Georgian. This 12 months’s World Champion Tato Grigalashvili was already main ranked in 2021 nonetheless now confirmed with a crimson backpatch, for his world title obtain in October. He is accompanied by Ilia Sulamanidze throughout the class U100kg, now being World main. We’re in a position to say he really took over the dominance of his teammate Varlam Liparteliani. He is the youngest World Ranking chief being 21, adopted by Grigalashvili, merely 22. Fascinating actuality is that Shavdatuashvili (31) was score chief U66kg in 2012 on the age of 20.

New judo worldwide areas

The lads’s weight programs are stuffed with athletes of former Soviet states, which signifies the judo experience throughout the space however as well as the missing Russians throughout the score. In 2021 Arman Adamian U100kg and Tamerlan Bashaev +100kg led their programs, and are banned since this 12 months. The wrestle has an incredible have an effect on in judo as a result of the Russians can’t compete and should have problem to qualify for Paris in the event that they’re allowed to wrestle (they need a miracle). The wrestle and the ban on Russian athletes throughout the historic doping cases may need to have two miracles. Every are delicate topics in judo nonetheless the IJF was able to keep unbiased given that federation took distance of the have an effect on of Vladimir Putin in February this 12 months. In precise truth 2022 was a worthwhile judo 12 months for the IJF with prime events such as a result of the World Championships in Tashkent and Uzbekistan judo even celebrated two male World Champions. Moreover throughout the World Ranking Davlat Bobonov shines as soon as extra as world main U90kg. He grew to turn out to be World Champion and impressed the nation and fellow teammates collectively together with his home victory.

Tajik heavyweight Temur Rakhimov may not be the strongest or greatest heavyweight on the earth, nonetheless he is very fixed and wins his medals. The anticipated heavyweights have problem being so fixed of their effectivity akin to double Olympic champions Teddy Riner and Lukas Krpalek. It provides home to new names and Rakhimov represents a relative new judo nation that may now get an IJF World Tour event in Dushanbe’s Grand Prix in June 2023.

World main U66kg is Denis Vieru of Moldova, speaking about consistency, what a 12 months he has had. IJF Gold medals in Portugal, Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan and bronze medals on the World Championships and IJF Masters made him the world main on this aggressive division the place we’re going to see a battle between Hifumi Abe and Joshiro Maruyama, the two chosen Japanese athletes for the World Championships in Would possibly 2023 in Doha (QAT). They’re thought-about the two higher of the world, Vieru is healthier of the remaining, it’s actuality in a aggressive sport akin to judo.

For years the lads’s lightweight class was dominated by Japanese, Russian and Uzbek athletes nonetheless since 2021 Yang Yung Wei (TPE) captured a dominant place throughout the World Ranking U60kg and confirmed as quickly as as soon as extra in 2022. He solely obtained one IJF gold medal this 12 months (Antalya) nonetheless was fixed in all his events as Asian and World Championships and IJF Masters. Consistency is important this 12 months. 2022 was a post-Olympic 12 months, that always delivers new names and some will keep in 2023 as successfully. The Olympic Qualification is in full drive.