Japan still alone, Kelmendi beaten !

Judo : World Championships in Budapest / Day 2

Judo : Championnats du monde à Budapest / 2e jour

Japan pursues his stranglehold on this Judo World Championships held in Budapest (August 28th-September 3rd). The land of the rising sun won the two new titles given today thanks to the alien Hifumi Abe (-66 kg) and Aï Shishime (-52 kg) who reaches the impossible by beating Kelmendi from Kosovo. We should also notice the 3rd place of the Georgian Margvelashvili, the Adidas team member. Highlights of Day 2.


By Ludovic Mauchien



Unbeatable Abe.

He was the favourite. He assumed his position. The young Japanese rising star (20 years old) won his 1st World title by successively beating Ukrainian Zantaraia in the 1/4 final, Georgian Margvelashvili in sem-final and Russian Puliaev in the final. And he won all of them by Ippon !


Kelmendi beaten !

It didn’t happen since November 2015. Runnin World and Olympic champion, Majlinda Kelmendi from Kosovo was beaten by Japanese Shishime in the ½ final following a never-ending Golden Score (Uchi Mata after 5 minutes 30 seconds). A few minutes later, she lost once more against Brazilian Miranda in the bronze medal match. That’s the 1st time Kelmendi leaves a Wolrd championship without a medal since the 2010 Junior Worlds.


Margvelashvili got the bronze.

The Georgian Vazha Margvelashvili (-66 kg), the running European champion, won his 1st World medal at 23 years old. Beaten by the unbeatable Japanese Hifuma Abe in the ½ final, he had beat in the ¼ finals the 2015 World champion and 2016 Olympic silver medallist, the Korean An Baul during the Golden Score (disqualification). The Adidas Team member then brilliantly won against Korean Kim during the Golden Score by Ippon (Osaekomi) for the bronze medal.

On his side, Ukrainian Georgii Zantaraia, the 5 times World medallist (champion in 2009) couldn’t win a 6th medal. Beaten in the ¼ finals by Japanese Abe, he then brilliantly beat Korean An Baul, the 2015 World champion and 2016 Olympic silver medallist, in repechage (Waza at Golden Score) before losing against Israeli Flicker for the Bronze medal.


An Olympic final in the 3rd round.

Basile vs An Baul. That was the remake of the Rio’s Games final, won last year by the Italian Basile. But, this time, in high-level duel, that’s the Korean who could keep going on his way to the podium. After 4 minutes and 33 seconds in the Golden Score, the Korean took his revenge. The referee decided to give a 3rd Shido to the Italian, which disqualified him.


Japan takes everything.

As for the 1st day, Japanese won the 2 World titles of the day. In the -52 kg division, the final even opposed two Japanese, Shishime and Tsunoda. The 1st one, already 2 times Asian champion in 2016 and 2017, won her 1st World title, as Abe in the -66 kg division.



Today’s podiums

-66 kg

  1. Abe (Jap)
  2. Puliaev (Rus)
  3. Margvelashvili (Geo) and Flicker (Isr)


-52 kg

  1. Shishime (Jap)
  2. Tsunoda (Jap)
  3. Miranda (Bra) and Kuziutina (Rus)