The latest Judo News offered by

Heavyweight legends fight for gold in Hong Kong

2 Dec 2018 12:50

   Mongolian JudoHeroes

China captured four gold medals at the Hong Kong Open, and Japan and Korea both claimed two titles - maybe two-and-a-half as Kaihan Takagi won gold in his U100kg weight class. Takagi, born in Australia and previously representing Japan, now claims a gold medal for Australia. The heayvweight category featured some legendary names in the field.

The Chinese women dominated the tournament with four titles. On Sunday Sun Xiaoqjan won gold U70kg and Yanan Yiang defeated her compatriot Shiyan Xu in the heavyweight final.

Ito Nami of Japan captured the gold medal U78kg. The quality of the men’s tournament could be considered higher with 128 men. With participants such as former Olympic Champion Naidan Tuvshinbayar and Korean super talent Kim Min-Jong, it can't be argued to be a weak tournament. It was the Korean who prevailed and claimed the victory in the final against Temuulen Battulga, also an upper-tier Mongolian. Top quality in Hong Kong. Naidan won the bronze medal after he lost to Asuan U21 Champion Kim to 18-year old Kim in the semifinal. Three Mongolians stood on the podium as Odkhuu captured the second bronze.

As mentioned, Kaihan Ozcicek-Takagi won the category U100kg in a field of 13 athletes. Japan also claimed a gold as Hideshi Okada won U90kg, but the Japanese team consisted of club athletes, not comparable to the usual top names in the World Tour. Korean Gwang-Hui Lee was the best among 21 men.  He follows up Lee Young-Jun who won the event last year U81kg.

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Min-Jong Kim (KOR) - World Team Championships Baku (2018, AZE) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Temuulen Battulga (MGL) - Grand Slam Ekaterinburg (2017, RUS) - © IJF Media Team, International Judo Federation
  • Kaihan Takagi (HKG) - Grand Prix Düsseldorf (2015, GER) - © Klaus Müller, Watch:

Related Judo News


Legend Naidan win first Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifier

27 May 2018 15:35

At the Grand Prix in Hohhot Mongolian legend and world bronze medallist Naidan Tuvshinbayar won his first IJF gold medal since 2015 as he rolled back the years with a vintage display to once again prolong his career as an elite judoka. Read more


French superstar teddy Riner wins 9th world judo title

2 Sep 2017 21:05

French heavyweight king Teddy Riner of France fought for the first time since the Rio 2016 Olympics and looked like he had never been away. While the Frenchman remained the favourite for the title, there was high expectations from all as new challengers had emerged while he had been away and the rules had been modified during his absence. Read more


Mongolia’s first Olympic champion Naidan Tuvshinbayar debutes +100kg

9 Aug 2017 11:50

Naidan Tüvshinbayar won Mongolia’s first ever Olympic gold medal at Beijing 2008 to earn hero status in his country. Naidan added to his legacy with a scintillating run four years later as he came up just short in his bid to retain his Olympic title as he took silver at London 2012. Read more


Rio2016 Olympic Judo Preview men U100kg

11 Aug 2016 10:15

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. Read more

2015_EmmericLePerson_Tuvshinbayar Naidan

Surprising choices in Mongolian Olympic judo team

16 Jun 2016 09:15

The Mongolian team for the Olympic Games in Rio hosts some surprising choices. Mongolia had even four choices for the men U60kg including 2014 World Champion Boldbaatar Ganbat, but the technical staff have chosen for young daredevil Tsogtbaatar Tsend-Ochir who fought the World Junior Championships final in 2014 and in 2015. Tsend-Ochir won a bronze medal at the World Cadet Championships in 2013. In 2015 he was in the final of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and showed some great judo. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Fukuoka7 Apr
1Düsseldorf22 Feb
Result City Date
2Fukuoka7 Apr
1Paris9 Feb


First description Second description Third description Four description