World Judo Championships

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World Judo Championships
Current event or competition:
2018 World Judo Championships
Competition details
DisciplineJudo
TypeJudo, annual
OrganiserInternational Judo Federation (IJF)
History
First edition1956 in Tokyo, Japan
Editions55 (2018)
Most wins Japan - 354 medals
(153 gold medals)

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 over time. The last edition of the championships took place in Budapest, Hungary in 2017.

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 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 City 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]

Number Year Dates City and host country Venue # Countries # Athletes
1 1956 3 May Japan Tokyo, Japan Kuramae Kokugikan 21 31
2 1958 30 November Japan Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium 18 39
3 1961 2 December France Paris, France Stade Pierre de Coubertin 25 57
4 1965 14–17 October Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 28 150
5 1967 9–11 August United States Salt Lake City, United States Gymnasium at the University of Utah 29 129
6 1969 23–25 October Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 36 250
7 1971 2–4 September West Germany Ludwigshafen, West Germany Friedrich-Ebert-Halle 49
8 1973 22–24 June Switzerland Lausanne, Switzerland 42
9 1975 23–25 October Austria Vienna, Austria 42
_ 1977 Cancelled
10 1979 6–9 December France Paris, France Stade Pierre de Coubertin 60 about 240
11 1981 3–6 September Netherlands Maastricht, Netherlands Euro Hall 54 250
12 1983 13–16 October Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union Luzhniki Palace of Sports 41
13 1985 26–29 September South Korea Seoul, South Korea Jamsil Arena 37

Women's competitions[edit]

Number Year Dates City and host country Venue # Countries # Athletes
1 1980 29–30 November United States New York, United States Madison Square Garden 27 135
2 1982 4–5 December France Paris, France Stade Pierre de Coubertin 35 174
3 1984 10–11 November Austria Vienna, Austria 33 about 180
4 1986 24–26 October Netherlands Maastricht, Netherlands Geusselt Sports Hall 35 162

Mixed competitions[edit]

Number M/W Year Dates City and host country Venue # Countries # Athletes
14/5 1987 19–22 November Germany Essen, West Germany Grugahalle 65
15/6 1989 10–15 October Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Belgrade, Yugoslavia Pionir Hall 61
16/7 1991 25–28 July Spain Barcelona, Spain Palau Blaugrana 57 487
17/8 1993 30 September – 3 October Canada Hamilton, Canada Copps Coliseum 78
18/9 1995 28 September – 1 October Japan Chiba, Japan Makuhari Messe 100 625
19/10 1997 9–12 October France Paris, France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 92 531
20/11 1999 7–10 October United Kingdom Birmingham, United Kingdom National Indoor Arena 87 572
21/12 2001 26–29 July Germany Munich, Germany Olympiahalle 88 554
22/13 2003 11–14 September Japan Osaka, Japan Osaka-jō Hall 97 671
23/14 2005 8–11 September Egypt Cairo, Egypt Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex 93 544
24/15 2007 13–16 September Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil HSBC Arena 138 748
25/16 2009 27–30 August Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam 100 543
26/17 2010 9–13 September Japan Tokyo, Japan Yoyogi National Gymnasium 111 847
27/18 2011 23–28 August France Paris, France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 132 871
28/19 2013 26 August – 1 September Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Maracanãzinho 123 673
29/20 2014 25–31 August Russia Chelyabinsk, Russia Traktor Arena 118 712
30/21 2015 24–30 August Kazakhstan Astana, Kazakhstan Alau Ice Palace 120 729
31/22 2017 28 August – 3 September Hungary Budapest, Hungary László Papp Budapest Sports Arena 126 731
32/23 2018 20–27 September Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan National Gymnastics Arena 124 755
33/24 2019 TBD Japan Tokyo, Japan Nippon Budokan
34/25 2021 TBD Austria Vienna, Austria Wiener Stadthalle
35/26 2022 TBD TBD TBD
36/27 2023 TBD Qatar Doha, Qatar Ali Bin Hamad al-Attiyah Arena

Openweight competitions[edit]

Number Year Dates City and host country Venue # Countries # Athletes
1 2008 20–21 December France Levallois-Perret, France Marcel Cerdan Palace of Sports 18 51
_ 2009 Cancelled
2 2011 29–30 October Russia Tyumen, Russia Judo Centre 21 40
3 2017 11–12 November Morocco Marrakech, Morocco Palais des Congrès 28 58

Men's medal count - individual events (1956-2018)[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Japan 96 50 55 201
2  South Korea 24 7 38 69
3  France 23 17 26 66
4  Soviet Union 11 12 33 56
5  Russia 7 13 26 46
6  Netherlands 7 11 14 32
7  Germany 5 6 12 23
8 Brazil Brazil 4 7 14 25
9  Poland 4 2 14 20
10  Georgia 3 10 16 29
11  Great Britain 3 4 13 20
12  East Germany 3 3 14 20
13  Greece 3 2 1 6
14  Uzbekistan 3 1 7 11
15  Iran 3 0 5 8
16  Cuba 2 6 9 17
17  Hungary 2 5 10 17
18  Kazakhstan 2 4 2 8
19  United States 2 3 7 12
20  Mongolia 2 2 8 12
21  Azerbaijan 1 5 9 15
22  Ukraine 1 3 8 12
23  Spain 1 2 2 5
24  Austria 1 1 3 5
25  Czech Republic 1 0 2 3
 Tunisia 1 0 2 3
 Yugoslavia 1 0 2 3
28  Serbia 1 0 0 1
29  West Germany 0 5 13 18
30  Belgium 0 5 11 16
31  Italy 0 4 9 13
32  North Korea 0 3 4 7
 Turkey 0 3 4 7
34  Estonia 0 3 1 4
35  Belarus 0 2 6 8
 Canada 0 2 6 8
37  Egypt 0 2 3 5
38  Czechoslovakia 0 2 2 4
 Israel 0 2 2 4
40   Switzerland 0 2 1 3
41  Romania 0 1 4 5
42  Bulgaria 0 1 2 3
 Moldova 0 1 2 3
44  Algeria 0 1 0 1
 Montenegro 0 1 0 1
 Slovenia 0 1 0 1
47  China 0 0 3 3
48  Portugal 0 0 2 2
 United Arab Emirates 0 0 2 2
50  Armenia 0 0 1 1
 Finland 0 0 1 1
 Latvia 0 0 1 1
 Lithuania 0 0 1 1
 Tajikistan 0 0 1 1
Total 217 217 434 868

Women's medal count - individual events (1980-2018)[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Japan 44 40 46 130
2  France 28 16 47 91
3  China 20 12 14 46
4  Cuba 16 15 29 60
5  Great Britain 13 14 18 45
6  Belgium 8 9 9 26
7  Netherlands 7 11 29 47
8  Italy 5 3 8 16
9  North Korea 5 2 4 11
10  South Korea 5 1 18 24
11 Brazil Brazil 3 5 12 20
12  Austria 3 1 5 9
13  Colombia 3 0 3 6
14  Spain 2 7 8 17
15  Germany 2 5 13 20
16  West Germany 2 5 12 19
17  United States 2 5 10 17
18  Argentina 2 2 1 5
19  Poland 2 1 9 12
20  Mongolia 2 1 6 9
21  Slovenia 1 3 8 12
22  Israel 1 2 2 5
23  Ukraine 1 1 1 3
24 Independent Participantsa 1 0 0 1
 Kosovo 1 0 0 1
 Venezuela 1 0 0 1
27  Portugal 0 4 3 7
28  Romania 0 3 5 8
29  Australia 0 3 3 6
30  Russia 0 2 10 12
31  Hungary 0 2 5 7
32  Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 1 1 2
 Norway 0 1 1 2
 Puerto Rico 0 1 1 2
35  Soviet Union 0 1 0 1
 Sweden 0 1 0 1
37  Azerbaijan 0 0 3 3
38  Kazakhstan 0 0 2 2
 Tunisia 0 0 2 2
 Turkey 0 0 2 2
41  Algeria 0 0 1 1
 Belarus 0 0 1 1
 Bulgaria 0 0 1 1
 Canada 0 0 1 1
 Chinese Taipei 0 0 1 1
 Czech Republic 0 0 1 1
 Greece 0 0 1 1
 New Zealand 0 0 1 1
 Serbia and Montenegro 0 0 1 1
  Switzerland 0 0 1 1
Total 180 180 360 720

Total medal count - individual events (1956-2018)[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Japan 140 90 101 331
2  France 51 33 73 157
3  South Korea 29 8 56 93
4  China 20 12 17 49
5  Cuba 18 21 38 77
6  Great Britain 16 18 31 65
7  Netherlands 14 22 43 79
8  Soviet Union 11 13 33 57
9  Belgium 8 14 20 42
10  Russia 7 15 36 58
11 Brazil Brazil 7 12 26 45
12  Germany 7 11 25 43
13  Poland 6 3 23 32
14  Italy 5 7 17 29
15  North Korea 5 5 8 18
16  United States 4 8 17 29
17  Mongolia 4 3 14 21
18  Austria 4 2 8 14
19  Georgia 3 10 16 29
20  Spain 3 9 10 22
21  East Germany 3 3 14 20
22  Greece 3 2 2 7
23  Uzbekistan 3 1 7 11
24  Iran 3 0 5 8
25  Colombia 3 0 3 6
26  West Germany 2 10 25 37
27  Hungary 2 7 15 24
28  Ukraine 2 4 9 15
29  Kazakhstan 2 4 4 10
30  Argentina 2 2 1 5
31  Azerbaijan 1 5 12 18
32  Slovenia 1 4 8 13
33  Israel 1 4 4 9
34  Tunisia 1 0 4 5
35  Czech Republic 1 0 3 4
36  Yugoslavia 1 0 2 3
37 Independent Participantsa 1 0 0 1
 Kosovo 1 0 0 1
 Serbia 1 0 0 1
 Venezuela 1 0 0 1
41  Romania 0 4 9 13
42  Portugal 0 4 5 9
43  Turkey 0 3 6 9
44  Australia 0 3 3 6
45  Estonia 0 3 1 4
46  Belarus 0 2 7 9
 Canada 0 2 7 9
48  Egypt 0 2 3 5
49  Czechoslovakia 0 2 2 4
  Switzerland 0 2 2 4
51  Bulgaria 0 1 3 4
52  Moldova 0 1 2 3
53  Algeria 0 1 1 2
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 1 1 2
 Norway 0 1 1 2
 Puerto Rico 0 1 1 2
57  Montenegro 0 1 0 1
 Sweden 0 1 0 1
59  United Arab Emirates 0 0 2 2
60  Armenia 0 0 1 1
 Chinese Taipei 0 0 1 1
 Finland 0 0 1 1
 Latvia 0 0 1 1
 Lithuania 0 0 1 1
 New Zealand 0 0 1 1
 Serbia and Montenegro 0 0 1 1
 Tajikistan 0 0 1 1
Total 397 397 794 1588

Judo Team World Championships[edit]

The World Judo Championships team competition began in 1994. women's competition began in 1997,[1] and after 1998 it 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  Germany  Japan
 Russia
no women's competition
1997 Osaka, Japan no men's competition  Cuba  South Korea  France
 Japan
1998 Minsk, Belarus  Japan  Brazil  France
 Russia
 Cuba  France  Belgium
 China
2002 Basel, Switzerland  Japan  Georgia  France
 Italy
 Japan  Cuba  China
 Italy
2006 Paris, France  Georgia  Russia  France
 South Korea
 France  Cuba  China
 Japan
2007 Beijing, China  Japan  Brazil  China
 South Korea
 China  Cuba  Japan
 Mongolia
2008 Tokyo, Japan  Georgia  Uzbekistan  Brazil
 Russia
 Japan  France  China
 Germany
2010 Antalya, Turkey  Japan  Brazil  Russia
 South Korea
 Netherlands  Germany  Japan
 Turkey
2011 Paris, France  France  Brazil  Japan
 South Korea
 France  Japan  Cuba
 Germany
2012 Salvador, Brazil  Russia  Japan  Brazil
 Georgia
 Japan  China  Brazil
 Cuba
2013 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Georgia  Russia  Germany
 Japan
 Japan  Brazil  Cuba
 France
2014

Chelyabinsk, Russia

 Japan  Russia  Georgia
 Germany
 France  Mongolia  Germany
 Japan
2015

Astana, Kazakhstan

 Japan  South Korea  Georgia
 Mongolia
 Japan  Poland  Germany
 Russia
Year Location Mixed
Gold Silver Bronze
2017 Budapest, Hungary  Japan  Brazil  France
 South Korea
2018 Baku, Azerbaijan  Japan  France  Korea
 Russia

Men[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Japan61310
2 Georgia3137
3 France2035
4 Russia1348
5 Brazil0426
6 South Korea0145
7 Germany0123
8 Uzbekistan0101
9 China0011
 Italy0011
 Mongolia0011
Totals (11 nations)12122448

Women[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Japan51511
2 France3227
3 Cuba2338
4 China1146
5 Netherlands1001
6 Germany0145
7 Brazil0112
 Mongolia0112
9 Poland0101
 South Korea0101
11 Belgium0011
 Italy0011
 Russia0011
 Turkey0011
Totals (14 nations)12122448

Mixed[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Japan2002
2 France0112
3 Brazil0101
4 Korea b0011
 Russia0011
 South Korea0011
Totals (6 nations)2248

Total[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Japan132823
2 France53614
3 Georgia3137
4 Cuba2338
5 Russia13610
6 China1157
7 Netherlands1001
8 Brazil0639
9 Germany0268
10 South Korea0257
11 Mongolia0123
12 Poland0101
 Uzbekistan0101
14 Italy0022
15 Belgium0011
 Koreab0011
 Turkey0011
Totals (17 nations)262652104

All-time medal count[edit]

Updated after the 2018 World Judo Championships.

This table include all medals in the individual and team competitions won at the World Judo Championships as well as at the separate Judo Team World Championships and separate World Judo Open Championships.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Japan15392109354
2 France563679171
3 South Korea291061100
4 China21132256
5 Cuba20244185
6 Great Britain16183165
7 Netherlands15224380
8 Soviet Union11133357
9 Russia8184268
10 Belgium8142143
11 Brazil7182954
12 Germany7133151
13 Georgia6111936
14 Poland642333
15 Italy571931
16 North Korea55818
17 United States481729
18 Mongolia441624
19 Austria42814
20 Spain391022
21 East Germany331420
22 Uzbekistan32712
23 Greece3227
24 Iran3058
25 Colombia3036
26 West Germany2102537
27 Hungary271524
28 Ukraine24915
29 Kazakhstan24410
30 Argentina2215
31 Azerbaijan151218
32 Slovenia14813
33 Israel1449
34 Tunisia1045
35 Czech Republic1034
36 Yugoslavia1023
37Independent Participants a1001
 Kosovo1001
 Serbia1001
 Venezuela1001
41 Romania04913
42 Portugal0459
43 Turkey03710
44 Australia0336
45 Estonia0314
46 Belarus0279
 Canada0279
48 Egypt0235
49 Czechoslovakia0224
  Switzerland0224
51 Bulgaria0134
52 Moldova0123
53 Algeria0112
 Bosnia and Herzegovina0112
 Norway0112
 Puerto Rico0112
57 Montenegro0101
 Sweden0101
59 United Arab Emirates0022
60 Armenia0011
 Chinese Taipei0011
 Finland0011
 Korea b0011
 Latvia0011
 Lithuania0011
 New Zealand0011
 Serbia and Montenegro0011
 Tajikistan0011
Totals (68 nations)4234238461692
a^ Unlike in 2013, Majlinda Kelmendi did not compete at the 2014 World Judo Championships under the Kosovo flag but under the International Judo Federation flag, as Russia does not recognise Kosovo's independence. Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 113 out of 193 United Nations member states.
b^ At the 2018 World Championships, judokas from North Korea and South Korea completed for unified Korean team and won bronze medals in the Mixed team competition.

Multiple gold medalists[edit]

Boldface denotes active judokas and highest medal count among all judokas (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

Men[edit]

Individual events[edit]

Rank Judoka Country Weights From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Teddy Riner  France +100 kg / Open 2007 2017 10 1 - 11
2 Naoya Ogawa  Japan +95 kg / Open 1987 1995 4 - 3 7
3 David Douillet  France +95 kg / Open 1993 1997 4 - - 4
Shōzō Fujii  Japan -80 kg / -78 kg 1971 1979 4 - - 4
Yasuhiro Yamashita  Japan +95 kg / Open 1979 1983 4 - - 4
6 Ilias Iliadis  Greece -90 kg 2005 2014 3 2 1 6
7 Alexander Mikhaylin  Russia -100 kg / +100 kg / Open 1999 2011 3 1 3 7
8 Toshihiko Koga  Japan -71 kg / -78 kg 1987 1995 3 - 1 4
Naohisa Takatō  Japan -60 kg 2013 2018 3 - 1 4
10 Masashi Ebinuma  Japan -66 kg 2011 2014 3 - - 3
Kōsei Inoue  Japan -100 kg 1999 2003 3 - - 3
Jeon Ki-young  South Korea -78 kg / -86 kg 1993 1997 3 - - 3

All events[edit]

Rank Judoka Country Events From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Teddy Riner  France +100 kg / Open / Team 2007 2017 11 1 # 1 # # 13 #
2 Masashi Ebinuma  Japan -66 kg / Team 2011 2015 5 1 1 7
Riki Nakaya  Japan -73 kg / Team 2011 2017 ** 5 ** 1 * 1 * *** 7 ***
4 David Douillet  France +95 kg / Open / Team 1993 1997 * 5 * - - * 5 *
5 Alexander Mikhaylin  Russia -100 kg / +100 kg / Open / Team 1998 2013 4 * 3 * 5 * 12 *
6 Naoya Ogawa  Japan +95 kg / Open 1987 1995 4 - 3 7
7 Shohei Ono  Japan -73 kg / Team 2013 2015 * 4 * - 1 * 5 *
8 Shōzō Fujii  Japan -80 kg / -78 kg 1971 1979 4 - - 4
Kōsei Inoue  Japan -100 kg / Team 1999 2003 4 - - 4
Takanori Nagase  Japan -81 kg / Team 2014 2017 # 4 # - - # 4 #
Yasuhiro Yamashita  Japan +95 kg / Open 1979 1983 4 - - 4

# including one medal of the Team World Championships won as reserve
* including one medal of the Team World Championships won for participation in the qualifying only
** including two medals of the Team World Championships won for participation in the qualifying only
*** including three medals of the Team World Championships won for participation in the qualifying only

Women[edit]

Individual events[edit]

Rank Judoka Country Weights From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Ryōko Tani (Tamura)  Japan -48 kg 1991 2007 7 - 1 8
Tong Wen  China +78 kg / Open 2001 2011 7 - 1 8
3 Ingrid Berghmans  Belgium +72 kg / -72 kg / Open 1980 1989 6 4 1 11
4 Gao Fenglian  China +72 kg / Open 1984 1989 4 1 1 6
Kye Sun-hui  North Korea -52 kg / -57 kg 1997 2007 4 1 1 6
6 Noriko Anno  Japan +72 kg / -72 kg / -78 kg 1993 2003 4 1 - 5
Karen Briggs  Great Britain -48 kg 1982 1991 4 1 - 4
8 Driulis González  Cuba -56 kg / -57 kg / -63 kg 1993 2007 3 2 2 7
9 Clarisse Agbegnenou  France -63 kg 2013 2018 3 2 - 5
10 Gévrise Émane  France -70 kg / -63 kg 2005 2015 3 1 1 5

All events[edit]

Rank Judoka Country Events From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Tong Wen  China +78 kg / Open / Team 2001 2011 8 - 2 10
2 Ryōko Tani (Tamura)  Japan -48 kg 1991 2007 7 - 1 8
3 Ingrid Berghmans  Belgium +72 kg / -72 kg / Open 1980 1989 6 4 1 11
4 Driulis González  Cuba -56 kg / -57 kg / -63 kg / Team 1993 2007 5 4 2 11
5 Clarisse Agbegnenou  France -63 kg / Team 2011 2018 # 5 # * 3 * * 2 * **# 10 **#
6 Misato Nakamura  Japan -52 kg / Team 2006 2015 5 2 1 8
7 Gévrise Émane  France -70 kg / -63 kg / Team 2005 2015 * 5 * 1 2 * 8 *
8 Noriko Anno  Japan +72 kg / -72 kg / -78 kg / Team 1993 2003 5 1 1 7
9 Chizuru Arai  Japan -70 kg / Team 2015 2018 # 5 # - - # 5 #
10 Yoshie Ueno  Japan -63 kg / Team 2002 2011 * 4 * 2 # 2 # *# 7 *#

# including one medal of the Team World Championships won as reserve
* including one medal of the Team World Championships won for participation in the qualifying only
*# including one medal of the Team World Championships won for participation in the qualifying only and one won as reserve
**# including two medals of the Team World Championships won for participation in the qualifying only and one won as reserve

Records[edit]

Category Men Women
Youngest world champion

Video footage[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "特集 97ワールドカップ女子柔道団体トーナメント-". Baseball Magazine Sha Co., Ltd. 1997-03-20.

External links[edit]