The latest Judo News offered by

Tonaki and Bilodid on course for world title U48kg

25 Aug 2019 08:50

   IJF Marina Mayorova / International Judo Federation

No major surprises so far in the preliminaries for the women’s division U48kg at the World Championships in Japan. The favourites progressed to the quarter finals and a final between Funa Tonaki and defending World Champion Daria Bilodid is still possible. For that final Bilodid will first have to defeat 2013 World Champion Urantsetseg Munkhbat of Mongolia.

The tiny and experienced fighter is the opponent for the Ukraine sensation Bilodid who defeated Laura Martinez Abelanda in the quarter final. Munkhbat bested Galbadrakh, a former Mongolian who fights for Kazakhstan. Laura Martinez Abelanda overcame Russian ace Irina Dolgova who still can’t  perform at World Championships in line with her reputation and talent. Laura Martinez is the ony Spaniard of the two in the final block as Julia Figueroa lost to Distria Krasqniqi, which is no surprise. The Kosovo girl headed for a confrontation with Olympic champion Paula Pareto, a tough match that ended in the golden score. Krasniqi who fought U52kg for quite some years stepped back successfully U48 and is taller than Pareto and gave her a lot of pressure with two penalties. After more than six minutes she scored with koshi guruma, enough for the semi-final.

In Pool A Funa Tonaki dealt with the pressure and had no troubles keeping Sabina Giliazova and Eva Csernoviczky off her back and defeated French woman Melanie Clement in the quarter. Clement though was strong and is still in the tournament. She defeated outsider Milica Nikolic of Serbia.

In the semi final Bilodid and Munkhbat never met before, it will be a clash between two powers with totally different styles and height as Bilodid is about 20 cm taller. The second semi will be Tonaki vs Distria Krasniqi which is a repetition of the Budapest Grand Prix final in June, there Tonaki won the gold. The favourites are still in place with Tonaki and Bilodid as favourites for gold. If so, you got to know that Bilodid defeated Tonaki three times in 2018 and the Japanese fighters still can't get a hold on the Ukraine ace.

Check here the final block stats

Fundraising with GoGetFunding

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Distria Krasniqi (KOS), Funa Tonaki (JPN) - Grand Prix Budapest (2019, HUN) - © IJF Emanuele Di Feliciantonio, International Judo Federation
  • Urantsetseg Munkhbat (MGL) - IJF World Masters Guangzhou (2018, CHN) - © Mongolian JudoHeroes
  • Otgontsetseg Galbadrakh (KAZ) - World Championships Tokyo (2019, JPN) - © IJF Marina Mayorova, International Judo Federation

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News


Japan Judo Federation announces draft Olympic team

27 Feb 2020 10:25

The All Japan Judo Federation announced for most categories the selection for the team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The host nation picked a 12-member team including reigning men’s U73kg Olympic champion Shohei Ono and back-to-back women’s U52kg world champion Uta Abe. Read more


Shirine Boukli takes revenge for Paris golden opportunity

21 Feb 2020 18:30

French youngster Shirine Boukli shone in the women’s lightest weight category in Düsseldorf as the fast-rising star shocked former world champion Tonaki Funa (JPN) to claim gold. In only her third Grand Slam outing Boukli countered Tonaki with her patented sumi-gaeshi for a waza-ari score. Read more


Shohei Ono leads top team of Japan in Düsseldorf

20 Feb 2020 14:40

Olympic and reigning world champion Ono Shohei (U73kg) leads an 11-strong Japanese team in action at the second Grand Slam of the season this weekend in Düsseldorf. Three-time world champion Ono, who will be chasing a record fifth Düsseldorf title, starts his 2020 season on Saturday at the ISS Dome. Read more


Funa Tonaki keeps Tokyo 2020 spot open

22 Nov 2019 14:05

Former world champion Tonaki Funa of Japan defeated Marrakech Grand Prix winner Julia Figueroa (ESP) with a professional performance as she scored twice without reply to increase her advantage over the chasing pack in Japan. World number two Tonaki illustrated once again that she is her country’s best judoka in judo’s lightest weight category and is now within touching distance of selection for her first Olympic Games. Read more


Judo teen Daria Bilodid claims second world title on Olympic ground

25 Aug 2019 15:35

Ukraine super champion Daria Bilodid is the youngest world judo champion of all time who successfully defended her world title as she won a thrilling rematch of the 2018 final against former world champion Funa Tonaki on home soil. Bilodid couldn’t be believe the achievement in the Nippon Budokan. “I can’t believe it, I know once, but two? For now I have too many emotions. Fighting Funa Tonaki is very hard, now it was in Tokyo. I felt a big pressure and many fans from Japan.” Read more

First description Second description Third description Four description

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Budapest23 Oct
2Düsseldorf21 Feb
Result City Date
1Düsseldorf21 Feb


First description Second description Third description Four description