Monthly Archives: August 2011

Judogi Pyramid

On first day of competition at the 2011 Paris World Championship, the first-ever pyramid of judogi was officially inaugurated by Jean-Luc RougĂ©, President of the French Judo Federation and new Secretary-General of the IJF. The idea behind the judogi pyramid … Continue reading

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2011 AIPS Judo Award

The AIPS Judo Commission decided to give the 2011 awards to veteran photographer, David Finch, and to famous TV presenter, Thierry Rey (also a former World and Olympic champion). The AIPS (Association International de la Presse Sportive), founded 87 years … Continue reading

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Men’s +100kg

This division is the one the Paris crowd has been waiting all week long for. Teddy Riner was expected to blitz all opposition and win the gold for France. His main challengers were Japan’s Keiji Suzuki of Japan, an Olympic … Continue reading

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Women’s -78kg

If France’s Teddy Riner had a female equivalent, it would be China’s Olympic and multiple World Champion, Tong Wen. Tong had won gold medals in the 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 World Championships but was banned in 2010 by the … Continue reading

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Men’s -100kg

This division is full of big throwers and hard fighters so it’s not easy to pick a favorite. Rather, the top fighters are 2010 World Champion Takamasa Anai of Japan, former World and Olympic Champion, Irakli Tsirekidze of Georgia, former … Continue reading

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Women’s -78kg

The top seeded player for this division is Japan’s Akari Ogata while the 2010 World Champion was USA’s Kayla Harrison. These two were expected to meet in the final although France’s Audrey Tcheumeo, seeded fourth, could be a stumbling block … Continue reading

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Men’s -90kg

Although there were no French fighters amongst the favorites to vie for the gold medal in this category, the -90kg event was as crowd favorite as there were many big throwers in the contest. Amongst them: World and Olympic Champion … Continue reading

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