News

The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com

Rio2016 Olympic Judo Preview men U100kg

11 Aug 2016 10:15

   JudoHeroes
m100

The men’s event U100kg has a huge number of fighters with medal chances. Not just the top favourites but also former Olympic medallists such as Naidan, reigning Olympic Champion Khaibulaev or the determined European champion Henk Grol. They are not the top favourites but can still win gold. At 11 August we will know the winner.

Although we haven’t seen him for a while Ryunosuke Haga is the favourite based up on his 2015 World title U100kg of Astana. Haga won the Universiade in Shenzhen (Student World Championships) in 2011. Won the World Junior Championships U20 in 2010 in Agadir. In 2015 he won the Grand Prix in Dusseldorf and Grand Slam in Tokyo. One of his major rivals will be Czech Lukas Krpalek. They are paired in the seeding in the same pool. So the World Champion of 2014 meets the World Champion of 2015 if no one makes a mistake. Krpalek was double European Champion in 2013 and 2014 and is already the best ever Czech judoka of all time. He was double Junior World Champion. Krpalek was seventh at the Olympic Games in London.

Germany’s ace for the title is World vice champion 2015 Karl-Richard Frey. He started to win Grand Prixs in Rijeka and Qingdao in 2013. Frey reached the world top 3 and meanwhile won more than 10 World Cup medals. His highlights are World Championships bronze in 2014 and silver in 2015. He was out for a while this season, but said he is in a good shape for the Olympic Games. In Budapest he ended fifth but just got back, Frey is on course.

Swedish Martin Pacek is in shape. He recently won the Grand Slam of Tyumen. After so many medals he started to taste the winning spirit at the Grand Prix of Qingdao as first big victory, in 2015 he added the Grand Slam of Tyumen. He won gold at the Grand Prix in Tbilisi in 2016 and recently prolonged his title in Tyumen. Pacek is brother of Robin, participant U81kg.

Although he was World Number one until July, Elmar Gasimov is not the ultimate favourite in this category. But in this Olympic cycle he really outperformed. He reached highest position in the World Ranking with victories in Tyumen (2014) and Tbilisi and Samsun in 2015. He won over 15 World level medals. Competed at World (5th) and Olympic Games (7th). He won the World Masters in 2016 in Guadalajara. He won two European medals.

French heavyweight Cyrille Maret is the 2006 World Junior Champion and meanwhile grown to the world top U100kg. He won three consecutive European medals and various Grand Prix and the Grand Slam of Paris in 2014, 2015 and 2016 U100kg. Maret won European Games gold with the team of France in 2015. Maret celebrates his birthday in Rio. Also he is now the world’s number one in this category.

Cuban judoka Jose Armenteros won the World Junior title in 2011 in Cape Town. Three years later he was in the World Championships final in Chelyabinsk. He won PanAm Championships titles in 2014 and 2015. He won bronze at the Pan American Games in 2015 and WCup in Minsk. Silver in Düsseldorf in 2016.

Toma Nikiforov won a heroic World bronze in 2015 in Astana against Cyrille Maret. Toma won European Games silver in 2015. He won three European Junior medals and World Junior silver in 2013. Nikiforov took his first Grand Prix in Havana in Cuba in 2014. Won the World Military Games in 2015.

Ramadan Darwish won a bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships in Rotterdam U100kg. He is multiple African Champion and won Grand Prix is Qingdao (2009), Tashkent (2014 and Budapest in 2015. In 2016 he won gold at the Euro Open in Sofia. He was IJF world number 2 in 2009. African champion 2016.

Henk Grol won two Olympic bronze medals, in 2008 in Beijing and London 2012. Grol was three times finallist of the World Championships and won the European titles in 2008, in 2015 in 2016 in Kazan. He was always coached by Maarten Arens. If this time he doesn’t take a medal, he says his career failed. He is quiet now and knows what is his peak, he knows it for four years and has the mature age and will to do it one more time.

Outsiders

Tagir Khaibulaev won the Olympic title in 2012 at the London Olympic Games. He became World Champion 2011 in Paris. Khaibulaev won the Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi in 2015 and European Open in Madrid in 2016. Khaibulaev was the trailblazer for Russian judo and signed a letter to protest against the possible suspension of all Russian athletes at these Games.

Mongolian wonderboy Tuvshinbayar Naidan is the 2008 Olympic Champion and first Olympic Champion for Mongolia. He reached Olympic silver in 2012 in London. Example for his successful generation. He definitely inspired thousands of judoka resulting in lots of success. In 2015 he won gold at the Grand Prix Qingdao 2015. He knows what is needed for a miracle.

Jorge Fonseca lives in Portugal, but from Sao Tome and Principe (STP) in Africa and with intervention of the IJF he was able to fight for Portugal and booked many successes such as the European U23 title and top medals at the main events. Given his preparation he is in a great shape and will showcase his beasty Ura Nage.

Iranian Javad Mahjoub started 2016 well with the victory at the European Open in Oberwart and bronze at the Grand Prix in Düsseldorf. He took silver at the Grand Prix in Tbilisi in 2016. He won the Grand Slam in Moscow in 2013. He was Asian champion in 2013 and silver in 2012. Seems to be in good shape given his training camp skills in Castelldefels.

Georgian Beka Gviniashvili is 2013 and 2015 World Junior Champion and is the most successful junior athlete ever also with the Georgian Junior team. In 2016 he switched from U90kg to U100kg with successful event and amazing victories including the Grand Slam in Baku, the guarantee for Rio. Whether it will turn out in another great performance is the question with so many top athletes who have been hiding for a while. He beat a few of them, but by far not all. High expectations which may not be fair for this youngster. It’s a category with a tremendous number of outsiders. It took Gviniashvili six months to qualify. Beka is also the man who is the most successful Junior athlete with two world titles and 4 world Junior medals.

Seeded athletes paired

Gasimov (Khaibulaev) with Darwish (Naidan)

Pacek (Cho) with Frey (Cirjenics)

Maret (Grol) with Nikiforov (Mahjoub/Gviniashvili)

Krpalek (Fonseca) with Haga (Buzacarini)

Previous Olympic Champions

Judoka

Year

Edition

Tagir Khaibulaev (RUS)

2012

London

Tuvshinbayar Naidan (MGL)

2008

Beijing

Ihar Makarau (BLR)

2004

Athens

Kosei Inoue (JPN)

2000

Sydney

Stat

To name a few double World Junior Champions: Teddy Riner, 8 time World Champion and Olympic champion 2012, Lukas Krpálek, 2014 World Champion, Sarah Menezes, 2012 Olympic Champion and furthermore successful judoka such as Haruka Tachimoto, Barbara Matić and Beka are all competing in Rio.

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Ryunosuke Haga (JPN) - 2016 Olympic Games day 6 Judo U100kg & U78kg (2016, BRA) - © JudoHeroes
  • Tuvshinbayar Naidan (MGL) - 2016 Olympic Games day 6 Judo U100kg & U78kg (2016, BRA) - © JudoHeroes
  • Gu-Ham Cho (KOR) - 2016 Olympic Games day 6 Judo U100kg & U78kg (2016, BRA) - © JudoHeroes

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News

20181215_mjh_101_guram_tushishvili

Inal Tasoev next challenge for World Champion Tushishvili?

14 Dec 2018 12:00

World heavyweight champion Tushishvili is the man to beat in the land of the giants and will be a star attraction on Sunday. The defending World Judo Masters champion started 2018 with fifth-place at the Paris Grand Slam in the absence of Teddy Riner (FRA). Read more

20181125_osaka_ejudo_m101

Glory for Henk Grol as oldest Japan winner ever

25 Nov 2018 14:55

Dutch judo legend Henk Grol rolled back the years to win heavyweight gold in the last contest at the Osaka Grand Slam. Grol, who went out in the first round at The Hague Grand Prix a week ago at the hands of Alexander Mikhaylin (RUS), renewed his rivalry with U100kg Olympic champion Lukas Krpalek (CZE) which started in 2009 when they faced off for the first time in the U100kg category. Read more

20181125_osaka_ejudo_m101

Sensational victory for judo legend Henk Grol in Japan

25 Nov 2018 11:55

What a sensational victory for Henk Grol at the Grand Slam of Osaka on Sunday against Lukas Krpalek. The Dutchman defeated all his impressive opponents in a pool of death and in the end got Krpalek down by wazari with a ko-soto gari, close to ippon and defended the last minute to the victory. Read more

20181116_judoheroes_thehague_gp_frank_de_wit

Big clashes in the Hague with 242 men lined-up

15 Nov 2018 15:55

A total of 242 men will be fighting for 7 gold medals at the Grand Prix of The Hague. With World Champions Saeid Mollaei (IRI) and Nikoloz Sherazadishvili (ESP) in the field and some of last year’s winners, the Grand Prix of Holland moves one and almost doubled the participants. Read more

20181029_ijf_abudhabi_final_101_krpalek_lukas_tasoev_inal_4

Russia’s Inal Tasoev rushes to heavyweight gold in five seconds

29 Oct 2018 18:30

Russian heavyweight Inal Tasoev took the biggest win of his burgeoning career as he defeated Olympic champion Lukas Krpalek (CZE) five seconds into their +100kg final. Russia’s premier heavyweight, who was overlooked for selection to the World Championships in September, faced off with Krpalek for the first time and humbled the owner of the U100kg gold backpatch with an o-uchi-gari after his distinguished heavyweight rival rushed in. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Fukuoka7 Apr
1Düsseldorf22 Feb
1Osaka2018
1Jakarta2018
3Fukuoka2018
Result City Date
2Fukuoka7 Apr
1Paris9 Feb
7Guangzhou2018
1Baku2018
2Baku2018

Partners

First description Second description Third description Four description