Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Former double World Champion Wang Ki-Chun retires from international judo
24 Jun 2016 08:55
Former world judo champion Wang Ki-Chun announced to retire from international competition and prepare for a coaching career. Wang said he will end his national team career and work as a coach starting next year. He didn't qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to be held in August.
"I decided to retire from the national team after the Olympics trials," he told Yonhap News Agency. "My records with the national team are now all in the past. I will take on a new challenge in my life as a coach for amateurs."
Wang, also the 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medalist U73kg category, was looking for his third Olympic appearance in Rio. Now competing in the U81kg division, Wang didn't even get past the second round at the Olympic trials. Lee Seung-Su took the Olympic berth.
For his coaching career, Wang said he opened a judo gym in Daegu on Friday. However, he will compete until the end of this year because of his contract with the Yangju City Hall judo club. Wang added that he is thinking of competing for another club, but nothing has been determined at this moment.
"He will remain a Yangju City Hall club judo athlete for a while," said the club's head coach Jang Moon-Kyung. "As a coach, I'm willing to help him in his new career."
Wang, 27, first started judo in 1995 and rose to stardom after taking gold U73kg at the 2007 World Judo Championship in Rio. The following year, he grabbed a ticket to the 2008 Summer Games after beating defending Olympic champ Lee Won-Hee. However, Wang settled for silver in Beijing after injuring his ribs in the quarterfinals.
Wang then triumphed at the 2009 worlds in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and added a bronze medal at the 2010 worlds in Tokyo. In his second Olympics in London, Wang failed to reach the podium as he lost the semi final to winner Mansur Isaev and got injured to his elbow, but still fought the bronze medal fight against Ugo Legrand which he lost.
In 2013, Wang moved up U81kg and created a compelling rivalry with the 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kim Jae-bum.
Kim announced his retirement in May.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
Wang Ki-Chun was quite an upstart. Like most South Korean players, he had seoi-nage and reverse seoi-nage in his repertoire but he was more versatile than most, and capable of doing a wide range of other techniques including uchimata, yoko-tomoe-nage, sode-tsurikomi-goshi and various smaller ashiwaza. Read more
Korea is by far the most successful country winning the Grand Slam title in Tokyo for men. Korean men have captured 11 titles since the first Grand Slam in 2008. Kim SungMin was the most successful wining three editions. Wang Ki-Chun won twice. Still it’s not easy for foreigners to win in the home of judo. Only 16 foreign men won the Grand Slam on Tokyo. Last year Aleksandar Kukolj (SRB) and Kirill Denisov (RUS) were in form. Read more
2016 is over. An Olympic year with lots of spectacular titles, heroes, losses, victories and retirements. JudoInside.com wishes all judo fans a happy new year. Let the retired athletes have a year where they can enjoy their friends, families and our sport. Read more
With the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games less than 50 days away, South Korean judokas will focus on beating their rivals from Japan and improving their stamina to do so, the national team head coach said. Seo Jung-Bok said the South Korean national judo team is in the home stretch for the Rio Games and instead of building up skills, the athletes are concentrating on maintaining their form and analyzing their toughest opponents. Read more
Many athletes are going to fight their first World Tour final today, for some it's normal to act at such level. For many athletes who are used to the final stages didn't manage to qualify this time. The new generation in banging on the door in Samsun. For the first time in his career Damian Szwarnowiecki will be in a final of a World Tour event. The former double U23 European Champion defeated Hasan Vanlioglu of Turkey in the semi final U73kg and will now face North Korean Kim Chol-Gwang who last week impressed with excellent scores. Today he defeated Frenchman Guillaume Chain in the semi. Both never fought eachother. Read more
Jan Nemecek (CZE)
|1||Tel Aviv||24 Jan|