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This is how the 2016 Olympic Champions were ranked one year before Games-time
This is how the 2016 Olympic Champions were ranked one year before Games-time
6 May 2020 19:05
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It was not a huge surprise that Lukas Krpalek, Teddy Riner, Tina Trstenjak and Kayla Harrison were crowned as Olympic Champions. They already dominated their categories one year ahead of the Games in August 2015. Italian Fabio Basile though shocked the judo world with as fast rising star. He was nowhere in his new category U66kg as he came from U60kg, but marched in fast on his golden path to Rio.

One year for the Games not one Japanese athlete was ranked number one. In the end Japan took three gold medals. Their number of total medals though is more impressive: 12. In 2020 Japan has three World Ranking leaders in Nagayama, Hashimoto and Hamada, but only Hamada will likely qualify. Three of the 2016 Olympic Champions quit judo; Harrison, Andeol and Tachimoto. Krpalek, Mudranov and Fabio Basile switched categories. Krpalek is again the world number one in the ranking in his new category.

1. Lukas Krpálek CZE U100kg

1. Teddy Riner FRA +100kg

1. Tina Trstenjak SLO U63kg

1. Kayla Harrison USA U78kg

2. Paula Pareto ARG U48kg

2. Majlinda Kelmendi KOS U52kg

4. Rafaela Silva BRA U57kg

5. Beslan Mudranov RUS U60kg

5. Mashu Baker JPN U90kg

7. Emilie Andeol FRA +78kg

10. Shohei Ono JPN U73kg

12. Khasan Khalmurzaev RUS U81kg

16. Haruka Tachimoto JPN U70kg

188. Fabio Basile ITA U66kg

One year ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games, Fabio Basile was ranked 188. Raquel Brito (POR) is the current #188 U48kg. Nothing is impossible.