July 24, 2016


20 Jul 2016 14:05


The category U60 will be in action at 6 August, the opening day of the judo tournament. Previous edition was won by Arsen Galstyan (RUS), quite a surprise, but the competition has become more intense with a new generation judoka as many stepped up to U66kg or couldn’t hold their position. 2015 World Champion Yeldos Smetov of Kazakhstan could be the biggest favourite for the Olympic title. Smetov is seeded and may face Urozboev in the quarter finals. Smetov’s big rival could be both from Japan by means of Naohisa Takato, or from Korea presenting Kim Won-Jin.

Yeldos Smetov won the World Junior Championships U20 in 2010 in Agadir. He won the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon. In 2015 he took his biggest crown with the world title at home in Astana against Rustam Ibrayev. In 2016 he won silver at the Grand Prix Düsseldorf.

Korean Kim Won-Jin won bronze at the 2015 World Championships in Astana and 2013 in Rio. Kim won the Universiade in Shenzhen in 2011 and in 2015. He won Grand Slams in Tokyo in 2014, the Asian Championships in Kuwait in 2015 and Grand Prix in Jeju three times. Gold at the Grand Prix Dusseldorf in 2016.

Orkhan Safarov belongs to the best judoka of the world U60kg. He won the only Azerbaijan (silver) medal at the European Games in Baku. He won a World bronze medal in 2013. He won IJF Events in Baku, Tbilisi and Abu Dhabi and added the World Masters in 2016 in Guadalajara.

Naohisa Takato World Champion 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. Won bronze at the worlds in Chelyabinsk in 2014. Won the World Junior title in 2011 in Cape Town. Takato was World U17 Champion in Budapest in 2009. Won the Grand Slams in Moscow, Tokyo, Paris and Masters in Tyumen 2013. Paris and Tokyo in 2015.

Diyorbek Urozboev of Uzbekistan won a few World Cup medals since 2012 (Tashkent) and made a spectacular progress U60kg. He won silver in 2013 at the World Junior Championships vs An Ba-Ul. He is familiar for his spectacular pick-ups. Urozboev won gold at the Grand Prix in Tbilisi 2016

Amiran Papinashvili won bronze at the World Championships in 2014. He is European Champion in 2013. He won four European medals in a row. He was European Team Champion with Georgia in 2014. In 2015 he won the Grand Slam of Abu Dhabi. Since 2009 he won 2 Grand Slams, 3 Grand Prixs and one World Cup.


French judoka Walide Khyar won the European title in 2016 in Kazan. He took bronze at the Grand Slam in Paris in 2016. Khyar won the European Junior title in 2015 in Oberwart. He won bronze at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Abu Dhabi. He won bronze in individual and Team Europeans in 2014.

Felipe Kitadai of Brazil won the Olympic Games bronze in London 2012. He won gold at the Pan American Games in 2011 and silver in 2015 in Toronto. He competed at World Championships since 2010, 5th in 2015. He won the PanAm Championships in 2011 and 2015. World Military Champion 2015.

Beslan Mudranov of Russia is European Games winner in 2015 and triple European Champion in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He won World silver in 2014 in Chelyabinsk and is the successor of Olympic Champion Arsen Galstyan U60kg since 2012. He won his first Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi in 2010 and won the event three times.

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