The Best Judo of 2012

The IJF released the updated ranking of judoka in the world in 2012. In this post, I’ll just look at the male side of the ranking, but of course I have to mention that our own Kayla Harrison not only won the Olympic gold, but also dominated for 2 years straight to get more points than any other female except Lucie Decosse of France who is another badass chick. Of course if Ronda Rousey was still competing in judo the Decosse vs Rousey match up would be great to see. Maybe they’ll meet in the octagon instead…

No One Country Dominates

At the bottom of this post I list the top 3 ranked male judoka in each weight class. In this list of 21 athletes, a total of 13 countries is represented, which is a great sign of vibrancy for an Olympic sport:

  1. Russia: 4
  2. Japan: 3
  3. Uzbekistan: 2
  4. Germany: 2
  5. Korea: 2
  6. Georgia
  7. Mongolia
  8. Azerbaijan
  9. Greece
  10. Cuba
  11. Kazakhstan
  12. France
  13. Brazil

Are The New Rules Helping or Hurting?

The fact that Japan is not dominating the list above is a sign that the sport of judo has weathered the short-term effects of the rule changes made four years ago (about no leg grabs, etc). I am happy to see this, though I still am very much against the rule changes.  But we should be careful to remember that the champions of today are the product of the rules and culture in place 10-20 years ago. The long term effects of the new rules may be felt many years from now in the number of people who choose not to train in judo but opt instead for another combat sport.

The Top 3 in Each Weight Class

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-60kg
SOBIROV Rishod (UZB)
GALSTYAN Arsen (RUS)
MUDRANOV Beslan (RUS)

 

 

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SHAVDATUASHVILI Lasha (GEO)
MORISHITA Jumpei (JPN)
KHASHBAATAR Tsagaanbaatar (MGL)

 

 

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NAKAYA Riki (JPN)
WANG Ki-Chun (KOR)
ISAEV Mansur (RUS)

 

 

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KIM Jae-Bum (KOR)
BISCHOF Ole (GER)
MAMMADLI Elnur (AZE)

 

 

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ILIADIS Ilias (GRE)
NISHIYAMA Masashi (JPN)
GONZALEZ Asley (CUB)

 

 

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RAKOV Maxim (KAZ)
SAYIDOV Ramziddin (UZB)
SAMOILOVICH Sergei (RUS)

 

 

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RINER Teddy (FRA)
SILVA Rafael (BRA)
TOELZER Andreas (GER)

0 thoughts on “The Best Judo of 2012

  1. Drew

    Crazy-it definitely seems like the ijf is throwing out the baby w the bath water. Is there no international representation within the ijf and are the rule changes put to a vote and passed as legislation or just decided by a select few?

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    1. Lex Post author

      A select few people decide but they said that they take advice from top former coaches and athletes. I don’t know what that means, but it’s certainly not a democratic process, unfortunately. I think the internet will change all such bureaucracies over a few decades, or at least I hope.

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