Blended groups shine on the ultimate day, thanks Tashkent

Some of the thrilling dates on the Judo tour, the blended workforce World Championships, happened immediately in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

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

Each single Blended Group Championships since its inception in 2017 has seen judo giants Japan within the last, 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 Group Olympic Champions.

As we speak, Japan got here to reclaim the highest spot. They usually began nicely, Goki Tajima went forward with a waza-ari rating in opposition to 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 say the lads’s heavyweight win in opposition to 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 in opposition to World Bronze Medallist, Niizoe Saki, a battle 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 battle, making the rating 4-2. 

This statistic meant that Japan has taken each single World Group Gold for the reason that workforce occasion turned blended; the one medal to nonetheless evade them is the Olympic Gold.

Dr. Laszlo Toth, IJF Vice President, and EJU President awarded the blended workforce gold medals.

Japan dominate World Group Titles

5 World Group Titles to Japan, however within the build-up to Paris 2024, this can put France on excessive alert. Defending Olympic title cpould be a mammoth process. 

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

I knew I had a very essential function 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 workforce Japan, and I am so comfortable I did so.” Mentioned a beaming Niizoe Saki.

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

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

Thanks, Tashkent!

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