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1800 points and dollars for grab for the Masters winner in St. Petersburg
12 Dec 2017 09:05
One IJF World Tour event to go this year, the IJF Masters in St. Petersburg and still anything can happen to be ranked first in the World Ranking, good for 50,000 bonus dollars for the leader of 2017. Some of the top athletes will go to Russia to defend their world ranking position and to gain a good starting position for 2018 when the Olympic Qualification will start. 1800 points are for grab in St. Petersburg for the winner. Enough to shake up the current world ranking.
In 2017 the Japanese athletes came back strongly. Five Japanese athletes are ranked number one including the three male World Championships Takato, Abe and Hashimoto. Likely none of the World Championships will be at the start in St. Petersburg.
In St. Petersburg Dutchman Frank de Wit will have to do the utmost to keep his leading position U81kg as also Olympic Champion Khasan Khalmurzaev will be in the starting grid. Serbian Aleksandar Kukolj is still going strong with a European title this year and gold in the Hague he seemed to secure his end of the year bonus as many athletes will cancel their participation for the Masters in this category. Another Dutchman Michael Korrel led the U100kg category this year with various successes, but the competition is on his tail.
Not Teddy Riner but Brazilian David Moura is still leader +100kg despite the two world titles for Riner this year. The World Open without world ranking points. Riner was again undefeated in 2017 for the seventh year in a row. Riner won't be starting in St. Petersburg.
Two Mongolian athletes seemed to battle for the bonus U48kg, Urantsetseg Munkhbat and former Mongolian, now Kazakh fighter Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh is now ranked second in the world but she won't start in Russia, so clearly Munkhbat has outstanding papers for the bonus. U52kg the battle is still tight with Erika Miranda in the lead followed by world champion Ai Shishime, but without Shishimemaybe even Cohen or Krasniqi can win the 50,000 dollar. Sumiya Dorjsuren is leading strongly U57kg and the registration for the Masters counts all top athletes so far. Normally no doubt Tina Trstenjak will end the year as number one in 2017 U63kg but Agbegnenou can still get the 1800 points without the Slovenian. Japanese World Champion Chizuru Arai can take it easy, 1300 points between her and runner-up Yuri Alvear U70kg and both won't be starting. Sanne van Dijke is the highest ranked athlete.
The third Dutch judoka to lead the World Ranking is Guusje Steenhuis. With 500 points ahead of World bronze medallist Natalie Powell Steenhuis should be able to make the difference after St. Petersburg. Double World Champion Mayra Aguiar is ranked third and the top four seems to be fighting in St. Petersburg. Sarah Asahina secured her leading position in Tokyo’s Grand Slam. Dutch Tessie Savelkouls will do the utmost to fill up the gap of Asahina.
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