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Dorjsuren aims for revenge at World Championships, World Preview U57kg

30 Aug 2017 00:00

 JudoInside & JudoCrazy    IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation

Will Mongolia have a second female world champion in 2017? At the Worlds in Budapest Sumiya Dorjsuren is the top favorite in her category U57kg based on her very strong performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she dispatched Matsumoto for ippon like it was child's play.

She eventually took a silver, but her final against Brazil's Rafaela Silva was a hard-fought one. She was in fine form. However, in looking more closely at her track record since Rio, her performance has not been very impressive. Despite taking part in several IJF World Tour events, she hasn't won a single one so far. Silva's performance is just as bad. She, too, has competed in several IJF World Tour events but hasn't won any yet.

Japan's Tsukasa Yoshida, the girl with the devastating uchimata, is again a tough challenger. She is the current Asian Champion and last year she won the Tokyo Grand Slam. It was also last year that she beat both Dorjsuren and Silva. So, she definitely knows how to fight these two.

Two oldies but goodies are Portugal's Telma Monteiro and USA's Marti Malloy. Both are 31 but still competing. Monteiro is a Rio Olympics bronze medalist and Malloy recently won the 2017 Cancun Grand Prix. Monteiro was impressive, especially with her lethal groundwork in Minsk. Who knows? They might just spring a surprise and defeat the young ones such as Nora Gjakova (KOS) or Jessica Klimkait (CAN).

The category U57kg has three notable absentees: Japan's Kaori Matsumoto, France's Automne Pavia, both of whom just gave birth, and Theresa Stoll. Stoll, the German sensation who did so well, is determined to finish her study, but her twin-sister Amelie replaces her. Miryam Roper (35), now fighting for Panama, manages her studies and continues practicing judo each day. She is back after winning in Ekaterinburg, but she sustained a small injury, missing the final in Cancun. Read about the oldies, but goodies, in the new e-magazine of JudoInside and JudoCrazy.

Seeded players who might meet

Sumiya Dorjsuren vs Nora Gjakova

Tsukasa Yoshida vs Chen-Ling Lien

Rafaela Silva vs Miryam Roper

Helene Receveaux vs Jessica Klimkait

Previous World Champions

1999      Driulis Gonzalez (CUB)

2001      Yurisleidys Lupetey (CUB)

2003      Sun Hui Kye (PRK)

2005      Sun Hui Kye (PRK)

2007      Sun Hui Kye (PRK)

2009      Morgane Ribout (FRA)

2010      Kaori Matsumoto (JPN)

2011      Aiko Sato (JPN)

2013      Rafaela Silva (BRA)

2014      Nae Udaka (JPN)

2015      Kaori Matsumoto (JPN)

The Game changers

South Korea's little-known Kwon You-Jeong is a dark horse. She's relatively young at 22 and has only a few international matches under her belt, but she shocked everyone by winning the 2017 Paris Grand Slam. Interestingly, she defeated Yoshida in that event although the Japanese player got her revenge in the recent Asian Championships, where she beat Kwon in the final. Kwon's not a top favorite by any means, but is definitely someone to look out for.

Another dark horse worth paying attention to is Taiwan's Lien Cheng-ling. A late bloomer who is already 29, she won her first IJF World Tour title this year at the 2017 Baku Grand Slam. She famously beat Matsumoto in groundwork at last year's IJF World Masters and very narrowly lost to Matsumoto in Rio. She's definitely a strong contender.

Priscilla Gneto is European Champion this year. She knows how to get medals at the elite level, but her form is up and down. We think she’s up in Budapest.

Hedvig Karakas is coming back from an injury. The Hungarian is experienced, won a lot, and may surprise, but in this field she needs a miracle.

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  • Telma Monteiro (POR) - World Championships Budapest (2017, HUN) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Rafaela Silva (BRA) - World Championships Budapest (2017, HUN) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • World Championships Budapest (2017, HUN) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation

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