Blended groups shine on the ultimate day, thanks Tashkent

One of the vital thrilling dates on the Judo tour, the combined crew World Championships, came about right now in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Travelling Judo followers and native fans alike flooded the Humo Enviornment to witness the ultimate electrical day of Judo.

Each single Blended Workforce Championships since its inception in 2017 has seen judo giants Japan within the remaining, and since 2018 they’ve met the powerhouse nation of France every time. With a 3-0 file going into the Olympics, France turned the tables and have become Blended Workforce Olympic Champions.

Right now, Japan got here to reclaim the highest spot. They usually began nicely, Goki Tajima went forward with a waza-ari rating towards France’s Mathieu, after which solidified the victory with a unbelievable Ippon, 1-0 to Japan.

France’s not too long ago topped World Champion Romane Dicko didn’t waste any time leveling the rating, defeating the World Bronze Medallist, Tomita, to make it 1-1.

Ota Hyoga achieved two waza-ari scores to assert the boys’s heavyweight win towards Joseph Terhec. However as soon as once more France got here out robust, this time Olympic medallist Sarah Leonie Cysique catching Funakubo for 2 nice waza-ari scores. 2-2. The warmth was on.

All sq. and all to play for

Japan’s Harada Kenshi held down France’s Gaba, and as soon as once more Japan edged forward 3-2. So France turned to their former World Champion Marie Eve Gahie, who stepped out towards World Bronze Medallist, Niizoe Saki, a struggle everybody was on the sting of their seat for. 

It was the Japanese judoka that got here out on high although, a unbelievable efficiency from Niizoe, that noticed her win the decisive struggle, making the rating 4-2. 

This statistic meant that Japan has taken each single World Workforce Gold because the crew occasion grew to become combined; the one medal to nonetheless evade them is the Olympic Gold.

Dr. Laszlo Toth, IJF Vice President, and EJU President awarded the combined crew gold medals.

Japan dominate World Workforce Titles

5 World Workforce Titles to Japan, however within the build-up to Paris 2024, it will put France on excessive alert. Defending Olympic title might be a mammoth job. 

The identical 4 nations on the Olympic Video games, have been on the rostrum once more right now. This time it was silver for France and bronzes for crew Germany and crew Israel.

I knew I had a very necessary position as a result of I used to be first up on the mat however I used to be capable of do my judo and it actually confirmed on the mat.” Mentioned a proudGoki Tajima.

Mr. Harada handed down the torch to me, and I knew that I had the accountability to complete for crew Japan, and I am so glad I did so.” Mentioned a beaming Niizoe Saki.

Uzbekistan Judo Federation President, Mr. Azizjon Kamilov, Jean-Luc Rougé, Normal Secretary of the IJF, and Eid Ali Almuraikhi, Normal Secretary of the Qatar Judo Federation gathered to move the IJF flag, to open what might be a historic World Championships in Doha in Could 2023.

It was an amazing honour for the IJF to host the World Championships in Tashkent, one of many new prospering nations of the world, totally engaged in reforms within the economic system, society, sport, and tradition! It is a nation of innovation, digitalisation, and hospitality in addition to a spot that’s enticing to worldwide traders.

Thanks, Tashkent!

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