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World Judo Championships

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 29th edition of the championships took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2013.

History

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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

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

Competitions

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

Men's competitions

Year Dates City and host country Venue # Countries # Athletes
1956 3 May Template:Country data Japan Tokyo, Japan Kuramae Kokugikan 21 31
1958 30 November Template:Country data Japan Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium 18 39
1961 2 December 23x15px Paris, France Stade Pierre de Coubertin 25 57
1965 14–17 October 23x15px Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 28 150
1967 9–11 August 23x15px Salt Lake City, United States Gymnasium at the University of Utah 29 129
1969 23–25 October 23x15px Mexico City, Mexico 36 250
1971 2–4 September 23x15px Ludwigshafen, West Germany Friedrich-Ebert-Halle 49
1973 22–24 June 23x16px Lausanne, Switzerland 42
1975 23–25 October 23x15px Vienna, Austria 42
1977 Cancelled
1979 6–9 December 23x15px Paris, France Stade Pierre de Coubertin 60 about 240
1981 3–6 September 23x15px Maastricht, Netherlands Euro Hall 54 250
1983 13–16 October 23x15px Moscow, Soviet Union Luzhniki Palace of Sports 41
1985 26–29 September Template:Country data South Korea Seoul, South Korea Jamsil Arena 37

Women's competitions

Year Dates City and host country Venue # Countries # Athletes
1980 29–30 November 23x15px New York, United States Madison Square Garden 27 135
1982 4–5 December 23x15px Paris, France Stade Pierre de Coubertin 35 174
1984 10–11 November 23x15px Vienna, Austria 33 about 180
1986 24–26 October 23x15px Maastricht, Netherlands Geusselt Sports Hall 35 162

Mixed competitions

Year Dates City and host country Venue # Countries # Athletes
1987 19–22 November 23x15px Essen, West Germany Grugahalle 65
1989 10–15 October 23x15px Belgrade, Yugoslavia Pionir Hall 61
1991 25–28 July 23x15px Barcelona, Spain Palau Blaugrana 57 487
1993 30 September – 3 October 23x15px Hamilton, Canada Copps Coliseum 78
1995 28 September – 1 October Template:Country data Japan Chiba, Japan Makuhari Messe 100 625
1997 9–12 October 23x15px Paris, France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 92 531
1999 7–10 October 23x15px Birmingham, United Kingdom National Indoor Arena 87 572
2001 26–29 July 23x15px Munich, Germany Olympiahalle 88 554
2003 11–14 September Template:Country data Japan Osaka, Japan Osaka-jō Hall 97 671
2005 8–11 September 23x15px Cairo, Egypt Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex 93 544
2007 13–16 September 23x15px Rio de Janeiro, Brazil HSBC Arena 138 748
2009 27–30 August 23x15px Rotterdam, Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam 100 543
2010 9–13 September Template:Country data Japan Tokyo, Japan Yoyogi National Gymnasium 111 847
2011 23–28 August 23x15px Paris, France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 132 871
2013 26 August – 1 September 23x15px Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Maracanãzinho 123 673
2014 25–31 August 23x15px Chelyabinsk, Russia Traktor Arena 118 712
2015 24–30 August Template:Country data Kazakhstan Astana, Kazakhstan Baluan Sholak Sport Palace
2017 TBD 23x15px Budapest, Hungary TBD

Openweight competitions

Year Dates City and host country Venue # Countries # Athletes
2008 20–21 December 23x15px Levallois-Perret, France Marcel Cerdan Palace of Sports 18 51
2009 Cancelled
2011 29–30 October 23x15px Tyumen, Russia Judo Centre 21 40

All-time medal

All-time medal count as 2014 World Judo Championships.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Template:Country data Japan 121 78 88 287
2 23x15px France 47 30 68 145
3 Template:Country data South Korea 25 8 50 83
4 23x15px Cuba 18 19 36 73
5 23x15px Great Britain 16 17 29 62
6 23x15px China 16 12 17 45
7 23x15px Netherlands 14 21 40 75
8 23x15px Germany 11 23 65 99
9 23x15px Soviet Union 11 13 33 57
10 23x15px Belgium 8 13 19 40
11 23x15px Russia 7 10 30 47
12 23x15px Brazil 6 13 21 40
13 23x15px Poland 6 3 21 30
14 23x15px Italy 5 6 17 28
15 Template:Country data North Korea 5 5 8 18
16 23x15px United States 4 8 17 29
17 23x15px Austria 4 2 8 14
18 23x15px Mongolia 3 4 4 11
19 23x15px Greece 3 2 2 7
20 23x15px Colombia 3 0 0 3
21 23x15px Georgia 2 8 11 21
22 23x15px Spain 2 8 9 19
23 23x15px Hungary 2 6 15 23
24 23x15px Uzbekistan 2 1 5 8
25 Template:Country data Iran 2 0 3 5
26 23x15px Kosovo 2 0 0 2
27 23x15px Ukraine 1 4 7 12
28 Template:Country data Israel 1 4 2 7
29 23x15px Azerbaijan 1 2 9 12
30 Template:Country data Kazakhstan 1 2 2 5
31 23x15px Canada 1 2 0 3
32 23x15px Czech Republic 1 0 3 4
33 23x15px Tunisia 1 0 3 4
34 23x15px Yugoslavia 1 0 2 3
35 23x15px Venezuela 1 0 0 1
36 23x15px Portugal 0 5 5 10
37 23x15px Turkey 0 3 4 7
38 23x15px Australia 0 3 3 6
39 23x15px Romania 0 2 9 11
40 23x15px Argentina 0 2 5 7
41 23x15px Algeria 0 2 4 5
42 23x15px Belarus 0 2 3 5
43 23x15px Egypt 0 2 3 5
44 23x15px Czechoslovakia 0 2 2 4
45 23x16px  Switzerland 0 2 2 4
46 23x15px Slovenia 0 1 7 8
47 23x15px Bulgaria 0 1 3 4
48 23x15px Moldova 0 1 2 3
49 23x15px Estonia 0 1 1 2
50 23x15px Norway 0 1 1 2
51 23x15px Montenegro 0 1 0 1
52 23x15px Sweden 0 1 0 1
53 23x15px United Arab Emirates 0 0 2 2
54 23x15px Tajikistan 0 0 1 1
55 23x15px Chinese Taipei 0 0 1 1
56 23x15px Finland 0 0 1 1
57 23x15px Latvia 0 0 1 1
58 23x15px Lithuania 0 0 1 1
59 23x15px New Zealand 0 0 1 1
60 23x15px Puerto Rico 0 0 1 1
61 23x15px Serbia and Montenegro 0 0 1 1
62 23x15px Armenia 0 0 1 1
355 355 710 1420

Records

Category Men Women
Most world titles
Most medals
Youngest world champion

Judo Team World Championships

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 23x15px France 23x15px United Kingdom Template:Country data Japan
23x15px Russia
no women's competition
1997 Osaka, Japan no men's competition 23x15px Cuba 23x15px Korea Template:Country data Japan
23x15px France
1998 Minsk, Belarus Template:Country data Japan 23x15px Brazil 23x15px Russia
23x15px France
23x15px Cuba 23x15px France 23x15px Belgium
23x15px China
2002 Basel, Switzerland Template:Country data Japan 23x15px Georgia 23x15px France
23x15px Italy
Template:Country data Japan 23x15px Cuba 23x15px Italy
23x15px China
2006 Paris, France 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Russia 23x15px France
Template:Country data South Korea
23x15px France 23x15px Cuba Template:Country data Japan
23x15px China
2007 Beijing, China Template:Country data Japan 23x15px Brazil 23x15px China
Template:Country data South Korea
23x15px China 23x15px Cuba Template:Country data Japan
23x15px Mongolia
2008 Tokyo, Japan 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Uzbekistan 23x15px Russia
23x15px Brazil
Template:Country data Japan 23x15px France 23x15px China
23x15px Germany
2010 Antalya, Turkey Template:Country data Japan 23x15px Brazil 23x15px Russia
Template:Country data South Korea
23x15px Netherlands 23x15px Germany Template:Country data Japan
23x15px Turkey
2011 Paris, France 23x15px France 23x15px Brazil Template:Country data South Korea
Template:Country data Japan
23x15px France Template:Country data Japan 23x15px Germany
23x15px Cuba
2012 Salvador, Brazil 23x15px Russia Template:Country data Japan 23x15px Brazil
23x15px Georgia
Template:Country data Japan 23x15px China 23x15px Brazil
23x15px Cuba
2013 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 23x15px Georgia 23x15px Russia 23x15px Germany
Template:Country data Japan
Template:Country data Japan 23x15px Brazil 23x15px Cuba
23x15px France
2014

Chelyabinsk, Russia

Template:Country data Japan 23x15px Russia 23x15px Germany
23x15px Georgia
23x15px France 23x15px Mongolia 23x15px Germany
Template:Country data Japan

Judo Team World Championships

Rank Judo National Team Men Women All
Gold Gold Gold
1 Template:Country data Japan 5 4 9
2 23x15px France 2 3 5
3 23x15px Georgia 3 3
4 23x15px Cuba 2 2
5 23x15px Russia 1 1
6 23x15px China 1 1
7 23x15px Netherlands 1 1

Video footage

References

  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

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