The IJF introduced its new Mixed Team competition to the world on the final day of the 2017 Suzuki World Judo Championships as Japan laid down a marker with a convincing victory on Sunday in front of International Olympic Committee President Dr. Thomas BACH.
The Mixed Team Competition was officially added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic programme by the IOC in June and the hosts of the next Olympiad won the first edition of the new format at the senior level.
Double Olympic champion Teddy RINER (FRA) ruled the world for the ninth time as judo’s all-time great won all of his six contests in Budapest and overcame one of his toughest challengers on the last day of the individual competition in Hungary.
RINER, 28, who is arguably the most dominant athlete on the planet, extended his winning run to 134 consecutive contests, a statistic which dates all the way back to 2010.
The heavyweights starred on Saturday as China and Japan won gold alongside France to alter the medal table outlook as RINER lifted his country up to second place.
The fifth day of the 2017 Suzuki World Judo Championships produced a Serbian winner for the first time in the sport’s history while Japan returned to winning ways and Brazil tasted gold at the László Papp Budapest Sports Arena.
Japan’s world number one ARAI Chizuru (JPN) won her country’s sixth world title in Budapest after the sport’s found nation had missed the medal podium entirely on Thursday.
Brazilian superstar Mayra AGUIAR (BRA) became a two-time world champion with a ruthless display while Serbian youngster Nemanja MAJDOV was an unexpected winner from a team which included the world number one Aleksandar KUKOLJ who finished fifth.
The fourth day of the 2017 Suzuki World Judo Championships belonged to Europe’s elite as France and Germany struck on Thursday at the László Papp Budapest Sports Arena.
France and Europe won their first and Europe’s first gold medals in Budapest as Japan missed top spot for the first time and missed the medal podium all together after a below-bar display from defending world champion and Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist NAGASE Takanori (JPN) who exited the competition in the preliminaries.
The 2017 Suzuki World Judo Championships saw Mongolia break Japan’s strangehold over the gold medals on Wednesday as Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist DORJSUREN Sumiya became their country’s second female world champion in the history of Mongolia and first non-Japanese winner here in Budapest, in front of the President of Mongolia, H.E BATTULGA Khaltmaa.
After an epic World Championships final between DORJSUREN and world number one YOSHIDA Tsukasa (JPN) it was the Mongolian who won on the IJF’s biggest stage after a 15-minute duel for gold which teased, tantalised and elated the crowd all at the same time.
The 2017 Suzuki World Judo Championships saw Japan unleash their Tokyo 2020 generation to the world while Rio 2016 Olympic champions missed the medal podium and Italy’s IJF Hall of Famer Franco CAPELLETTI was awarded the coveted and exclusive 10th Dan Award.
Day two of the IJF’s showpiece event belonged to the Land of the Rising Sun as the sport’s founding nations matched their exploits from day one with a flawless showing. After TAKATO Naohisa and TONAKI Funa (JPN) clinched the -60kg and -48kg world titles respectively, Japan were in command again with an irresistible display which was praised by Japan national team head coach INOUE Kosei.
The 2017 Suzuki World Judo Championships attracted world leaders on opening day in Budapest as Russian Federation President and IJF Honorary President, His Excellency, Mr. Vladimir PUTIN was among the three heads of state at the László Papp Budapest Sports Arena.
H.E Mr. PUTIN was joined by H.E, Mr. KHALTMAA Battulga, President of Mongolia and President of the Mongolia Judo Association, and H.E Mr. Viktor ORBAN, Hungarian Prime Minster, as three heads of state followed a riveting first day of judo at the IJF’s premier World Judo Tour event alongside the IJF President Mr. Marius VIZER.
IJF President Mr. Marius Vizer was re-elected on Friday at the IJF Congress in Budapest and announced a groundbreaking new partnership with CNN. Mr. Vizer, who was elected as IJF President in 2007, was re-elected by acclamation for the period 2017 – 2021 ahead of the 2017 Suzuki World Judo Championships which begin on Monday.
‘Thank you very much to everyone, it is a great honour for me to serve judo together with our team for the next four years and to promote judo’s values to the world,” said Mr. Vizer.
Hungarian Judo Association held a special press conference today where Dr. László Tóth, President of the HJA were pleased to announce that Hungarian Suzuki is sponsoring the World Judo Championships. For the first time in the history of judo, Budapest to host the World Senior Individual & Teams Championship between 28 August – 3 September 2017.
During the most important competition of the year, the stars of judo will meet in the Budapest Sports Arena. As part of the sponsorship, Yoshinobu Abe, CEO of the Hungarian Suzuki awarded seven Suzuki vehicles to Hungarian judoka in order to make their preparation easier for the Worlds.
Hungarian Judo Federation organized a very special, campaign opener event, Judo for the World, in order to promote the Judo World Championships 2017. The spectacular flash mob action was held in the heart of the Hungarian capital, at the Heroes Square on 1 June, Thursday, where 1000 judokas launched 2017 messages by 2017 homing pigeons accross the country and beyond the border.
On the occassion of this event, Marius L. Vizer, President of the International Judo Federation and Dr. László Tóth, President of the Hungarian Judo Federation also were wearing judogi and inspirited the crowd at Heroes Square. Moreover, Hungarian Judo National Team members, Olympic Games, World-, and European Championships medalists, former, veteran and little kid judokas also joined the special flash mob.