World Judo Championships

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The World Judo Championships are the highest level of international judo competition, along with the Olympic judo competition. The championships are held once every year (except the years when the Olympics take place) by the International Judo Federation, and qualified judoka compete in their respective categories as representatives of their home countries. Team competitions have also been held since 1994. The men's championships began in 1956, though the format and periodicity of the championships have changed overtime. The 29th edition of the championships took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2013.

History[edit]

The first World Judo Champion, Shokichi Natsui in 1956

The first edition of the world championships took place in Tokyo, Japan in 1956. There were no weight classes at the time and Japanese judoka Shokichi Natsui became the first world champion in history, defeating fellow countryman Yoshihiko Yoshimatsu in the final. The second world championship was also held in Tokyo two years later, with the Japanese winning the top two spots in the competition for the second time. In 1961, the championship was held outside of Japan for the first time, and Dutch judoka Anton Geesink defeated the prior world champion, Koji Sone, in Paris, France, to become the first non-Japanese world champion.

The 1965 World Judo Championships were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and weight classes were implemented for the first time with the addition of the -68 kg, -80 kg, and +80 kg categories. Judo had become an Olympic sport at the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, and a permanent sport after a brief absence at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

Despite this progressive enlargement, it took until 1980 for women to participate in the world championships. The first women's world championships were held in New York in 1980, and were held in alternating years as the men's championships until the 1987 World Judo Championships in Essen, where the two competitions were merged into one world championship. The mixed championships have been held biannually since 1987. In 2005, the world championships made its debut on the African continent in Cairo, Egypt. In the International Judo Federation meeting held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007 (during the 2007 World Judo Championships), it was decided that France would host the world championships for the fifth time in 2011.

Weight classes[edit]

There are currently 16 tournaments in the world championships, with 8 weight classes for each gender.

Competitions[edit]

The world championships have been held in every continent except Oceania and Antarctica.

Men's competitions[edit]

Year Dates City and host country Venue # Countries # Athletes
1956 3 May Japan Tokyo, Japan Kuramae Kokugikan 21 31
1958 30 November Japan Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium 18 39
1961 2 December France Paris, France Stade Pierre de Coubertin 25 57
1965 14–17 October Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 28 150
1967 9–11 August United States Salt Lake City, United States Gymnasium at the University of Utah 29 129
1969 23–25 October Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 36 250
1971 2–4 September West Germany Ludwigshafen, West Germany Friedrich-Ebert-Halle 49
1973 22–24 June Switzerland Lausanne, Switzerland 42
1975 23–25 October Austria Vienna, Austria 42
1977 Cancelled
1979 6–9 December France Paris, France Stade Pierre de Coubertin 60 about 240
1981 3–6 September Netherlands Maastricht, Netherlands Euro Hall 54 250
1983 13–16 October Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union Luzhniki Palace of Sports 41
1985 26–29 September South Korea Seoul, South Korea Jamsil Arena 37

Women's competitions[edit]

Year Dates City and host country Venue # Countries # Athletes
1980 29–30 November United States New York, United States Madison Square Garden 27 135
1982 4–5 December France Paris, France Stade Pierre de Coubertin 35 174
1984 10–11 November Austria Vienna, Austria 33 about 180
1986 24–26 October Netherlands Maastricht, Netherlands Geusselt Sports Hall 35 162

Mixed competitions[edit]

Year Dates City and host country Venue # Countries # Athletes
1987 19–22 November Germany Essen, West Germany Grugahalle 65
1989 10–15 October Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Belgrade, Yugoslavia Pionir Hall 61
1991 25–28 July Spain Barcelona, Spain Palau Blaugrana 57 487
1993 30 September – 3 October Canada Hamilton, Canada Copps Coliseum 78
1995 28 September – 1 October Japan Chiba, Japan Makuhari Messe 100 625
1997 9–12 October France Paris, France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 92 531
1999 7–10 October United Kingdom Birmingham, United Kingdom National Indoor Arena 87 572
2001 26–29 July Germany Munich, Germany Olympiahalle 88 554
2003 11–14 September Japan Osaka, Japan Osaka-jō Hall 97 671
2005 8–11 September Egypt Cairo, Egypt Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex 93 544
2007 13–16 September Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil HSBC Arena 138 748
2009 27–30 August Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam 100 543
2010 9–13 September Japan Tokyo, Japan Yoyogi National Gymnasium 111 847
2011 23–28 August France Paris, France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 132 871
2013 26 August – 1 September Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Maracanãzinho 123 673
2014 25–31 August Russia Chelyabinsk, Russia Traktor Arena
2015 Kazakhstan Astana, Kazakhstan Baluan Sholak Sport Palace

Openweight competitions[edit]

Year Dates City and host country Venue # Countries # Athletes
2008 20–21 December France Levallois-Perret, France Marcel Cerdan Palace of Sports 18 51
2009 Cancelled
2011 29–30 October Russia Tyumen, Russia Judo Centre 21 40

All-time medal[edit]

All-time medal count as 2013 World Judo Championships.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Japan 116 76 84 276
2  France 44 29 64 137
3  South Korea 25 8 50 83
4  Cuba 17 18 34 69
5  Great Britain 16 17 29 62
6  China 16 12 17 45
7  Netherlands 14 21 39 74
8  Germany 11 23 62 96
9  Soviet Union 11 13 33 57
10  Belgium 8 13 19 40
11  Russia 7 7 24 38
12  Poland 6 3 20 29
13  Brazil 5 12 19 36
14  Italy 5 6 17 28
15  North Korea 5 4 8 17
16  United States 4 8 16 28
17  Austria 4 2 8 14
18  Spain 2 8 9 19
19  Hungary 2 5 15 22
20  Mongolia 2 2 4 8
21  Greece 2 2 2 6
22  Uzbekistan 2 1 5 8
23  Iran 2 0 3 5
24  Colombia 2 0 0 2
25  Georgia 1 8 9 18
26  Ukraine 1 4 6 11
27  Israel 1 3 2 6
28  Azerbaijan 1 2 9 12
29  Kazakhstan 1 2 2 5
30  Argentina 1 1 0 2
31  Tunisia 1 0 3 4
32  Yugoslavia 1 0 2 3
33  Kosovo 1 0 0 1
34  Venezuela 1 0 0 1
35  Portugal 0 3 5 8
36  Turkey 0 3 4 7
37  Australia 0 3 3 6
38  Algeria 0 2 4 5
39  Belarus 0 2 3 5
40  Egypt 0 2 3 5
41  Czechoslovakia 0 2 2 4
42   Switzerland 0 2 2 4
43  Romania 0 1 9 10
44  Canada 0 1 5 6
45  Slovenia 0 1 5 6
46  Bulgaria 0 1 3 4
47  Moldova 0 1 2 3
48  Estonia 0 1 1 2
49  Norway 0 1 1 2
50  Montenegro 0 1 0 1
51  Sweden 0 1 0 1
52  Czech Republic 0 0 3 3
53  Tajikistan 0 0 1 1
54  Chinese Taipei 0 0 1 1
55  Finland 0 0 1 1
56  Latvia 0 0 1 1
57  Lithuania 0 0 1 1
58  New Zealand 0 0 1 1
59  Puerto Rico 0 0 1 1
60  Serbia and Montenegro 0 0 1 1
61  Armenia 0 0 1 1
339 339 678 1356

Records[edit]

Category Men Women
Most world titles
  • France Teddy Riner : 7 titles (5 at +100 kg, 1 in the Open category, 1 with Men's Team)
  • Japan Naoya Ogawa : 4 titles (3 in the Open category, 1 at +95 kg)
  • Japan Shozo Fujii : 4 titles (3 at -80 kg, 1 at -78 kg)
  • Japan Yasuhiro Yamashita : 4 titles (3 at +95 kg, 1 in the Open category)
  • France David Douillet : 4 titles (3 at +95 kg, 1 in the Open category)
Most medals
Youngest world champion

Judo Team World Chanpionships[edit]

The World Judo Championships team competition began in 1994, and was held once every four years until 2006. The competition will be held every year from 2007. Judoka who participate in the individual world championships often do not participate in the team competition.

Year Location Men Women
Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze
1994 Paris, France  France  United Kingdom  Japan
 Russia
no women's competition
1998 Minsk, Belarus  Japan  Brazil  Russia
 France
 Cuba  France  Belgium
 China
2002 Basel, Switzerland  Japan  Georgia  France
 Italy
 Japan  Cuba  Italy
 China
2006 Paris, France  Georgia  Russia  France
 South Korea
 France  Cuba  Japan
 China
2007 Beijing, China  Japan  Brazil  China
 South Korea
 China  Cuba  Japan
 Mongolia
2008 Tokyo, Japan  Georgia  Uzbekistan  Russia
 Brazil
 Japan  France  China
 Germany
2010 Antalya, Turkey  Japan  Brazil  Russia
 South Korea
 Netherlands  Germany  Japan
 Turkey
2011 Paris, France  France  Brazil  South Korea
 Japan
 France  Japan  Germany
 Cuba
2012 Salvador, Bahia, Brazil  Russia  Japan  Brazil
 Georgia
 Japan  China  Brazil
 Cuba
2013 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Georgia  Russia  Germany
 Japan
 Japan  Brazil  Cuba
 France

Judo Team World Championships

Rank Judo National Team Men Women All
Gold Gold Gold
1  Japan 4 4 8
2  France 2 2 4
3  Georgia 3 3
4  Russia 1 1
5  Cuba 1 1
6  China 1 1

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Notes[edit]

This article incorporates information from this version of the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.

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