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Ai Shishime wants to show her development in Baku
22 Jun 2018 10:05
World Champion Shishime Ai of Japan took the world title in Budapest U52kg. What are the main challenges to become world champion again in 2018? The IJF asked gave her a few questions to chew on.
Shishime Ai: “My main challenge is to fight in a way that demonstrates my development as a Judoka in the last year. Each fight will be a challenge; therefore, everyone is my rival.”
IJF: How do you cope with that extra pressure making you the woman to defeat?
Shishime: “I don’t think about the pressure. I simply focus on preforming in a way that reflects my preparation of the event.”
IJF: Which is your favourite value in Judo and why?
Shishime: “To throw for Ippon. It’s the Judo style I aim for.”
IJF: What did you learn in judo?
Shishime: “Manners. To be grateful to all the people who helped me to get where I am.”
Shishime Ai won her first Grand Prix in 2015 in Mongolia. Was multiple Japanese Junior Champion and won the World team title for Juniors with Japan. In 2015 she won bronze at the Grand Slam of Paris. In 2016 and 2018 she won event in Düsseldorf U52kg. She won the Grand Slam in Tyumen in 2016. She won bronze at the Grand Prix in Düsseldorf and bronze in Tokyo in 2017. She defeated Majlinda Kelmendi and Tsunoda in Budapest at the World Championships.
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