Waechter with style for the gold
The IJF Tour continues, a record-breaking number of competitors enter the Samsun Grand Prix: For German athlete Viola Waechter, Samsun will be a good memory, considering she won gold by ippon in the finals. After only one minute of the final, she threw the Netherlander for ippon.
With 495 athletes from 68 countries, it's obvious that the Olympic Games qualification is getting more serious.
Former World Champion in the U60kg division, Rishod Sobirov of Uzbekistan finally succeeded to reach the top of the podium in his new category since the 2012 Games. In the gold medal fight, he beat the Mongolian Davaadorj. Sobirov is back and he is hungry for success!
Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosovo didn't fight as she is still recovering from knee surgery, but as a good substitution Distria Krasniqi did a good job as her replacement. The 19-year-old Krasniqi won the U52kg category and added her first gold medal on the IJF Tour. Experienced powerhouse, Ilse Heylen of Belgium just couldn't find a solution againt Krasniqi who won the match.
WORLD RANKING LIST MEN
- SURNAME, Name
- 1. RUS Mshvidobadze, Robert 6295
- 2. JPN Takato, Naohisa 5900
- 3. GEO Papinashvili, Amiran 5551
- 4. JPN Nagayama, Ryuju 5510
- 5. KAZ Smetov, Yeldos 4821
- 6. MGL Dashdavaa, Amartuvshin 4253
- 7. UZB Lutfillaev, Sharafuddin 3752
- 8. ESP Garrigós, Francisco 3594
- 9. GEO Chkhvimiani, Lukhumi 3505
- 10. BRA Takabatake, Eric 3340
WORLD RANKING LIST WOMEN
- SURNAME, Name
- 1. FRA Agbegnenou, Clarisse 8150
- 2. SLO Trstenjak, Tina 6090
- 3. JPN Tashiro, Miku 6050
- 4. JPN Nabekura, Nami 5020
- 5. NED Franssen, Juul 4953
- 6. SLO Leski, Andreja 4505
- 7. GER Trajdos, Martyna 4483
- 8. NED Vermeer, Sanne 3632
- 9. CAN Beauchemin-Pinard, Catherine 3631
- 10. CUB Del Toro Carvajal, Maylin 3460