40th WMC Judo – Paris (FRA) – Competition Day 1

 

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PARIS (FRA) – The first day of the 40th World Military Judo Championship ended, in Brétigny-sur-Orge, with a very positive outcome for the medal-winning athletes on the one hand and for the event organisers on the other hand.

 

Colonel Stefan Marginean, Head of the IJF Military Commission, representing the International Judo Federation on site, had much to be satisfied with:

 

"First of all I must underline the very smooth organisation of this 40th World Military Judo Championship, which received not only the support of the military authorities, of course, but also benefited from strong support from the French civil authorities and from the mayor of the city of Brétigny-sur-Orge, as well as from France Judo (French Federation). This is a great indicator of success.

 

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Today we witnessed a very strong competition, the level of which was very high. Many of the athletes entered are also regulars on the World Judo Tour and it is not surprising therefore that the level of this championship is so good."

 

For Stefan Marginean the explanation is clear, "For many years, first as the CISM Sports Director and then as Head of the IJF Military Commission, I insisted on convincing the member states of the CISM of the importance of judo. This sport is an ideal tool for the preparation and training of the armed forces. It is also a tool for development and an arena in which the athletes can shine.

 

Today the level of this championship is strong because we have succeeded in inviting the member countries to bring their highest level athletes into the armed forces. France is a good example but I could also mention Brazil and so many other countries in which top athletes have contracts in the army. It also helps them to pursue their global judo career."

 

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The synergy between local, national and international organisers and the presence of some big names of the sport, guarantee the spectacle. "Once again I would like to underline the great professionalism of the organisers here in France. French judo is recognised worldwide as much for its ability to organise big events as for its results. Here we have the combination of the two," concluded Stefan Marginean.

 

On Sunday 31st October the change to winter time will not disrupt the competition and once again we expect spectacle, emotion, respect and beautiful judo.

 

In terms of results, seven weight categories were organised yesterday (4 women and 3 men).

 

BINK9259DOLGOVA Irina (RUS) - DBOUKLI Shirine (FRA) - SPRINGER Jaqueline (AUT) - FERREIRA DE LIMA Amanda (BRA)

 

First of all, it is the French Shirine Boukli, European champion in 2020 in Prague and recent winner of the Tel Aviv Grand Slam in 2021, who offered France its only gold medal of the day by defeating the Russian Irina Dolgova in the final of the -48kg women.

 

BINK9284FLORIMONT Jolan (FRA) - BARATOV Dilshodbek (UZB) - MORGOYEV Bekirbek (UKR) - LEUTGEB Daniel Autriche (AUT)

 

In the women's -52kg, Diyora Keldiyorova (UZB), bronze medallist in 2019 in Wuhan, won the first of the two Uzbek titles of the day after her victory over the French Julie Weill Dit Morey, imitated later in the day by her compatriot Dilshodbek Baratov who defeated the French Jolan Florimont in the final of the men's -60kg category.

 

BINK9309WEILL DIT MOREY Julie (FRA) - KELDIYOROVA Diyora (UZB) - MOUNIER Cheyenne (FRA) - BORODINA Anna (UKR)

 

Rafaela Silva, 2016 Olympic Champion in Rio and gold medallist in Wuhan 2019, claimed another World Military Championship title by defeating her compatriot Jessica Couto Lima in the women's -57kg final.

 

BINK9407COUTO LIMA Jessica (BRA) - LOPES SILVA Rafaela (BRA) - KUCZERA Anna (POL) - KONKINA Anastasiia (RUS)

 

In the last women's final of the day, Slovenia's Andreja Leski, multiple IJF Grand Slam and Grand Prix gold medallist, beat Austria's Magdalena Krssakova (-63kg).

 

BINK9462KRSSAKOVA Magdalena (AUT) - LESKI Andreja (SLO) - TAIS WILLRICH CASTILHOS Alexia (BRA) - DAVYDOVA Daria (RUS)

 

In the men's category, Brazilian William De Sousa Elima won the world military title with his victory over Russian Alim Balkarov (-66kg), while Austrian Lukas Reiter did the same in the -73kg final against French Benjamin Axus.

 

BINK9358BALKAROV Alim (RUS) - DE SOUSA ELIMA William (BRA) - NAGUCHEV Abrek (RUS) - SEDDOUKI Reda (FRA)

 

 

BINK9449AXUS Benjamin (FRA) - REITER Lukas (AUT) - NAGUCHEV Kazbek (RUS) - DIAS LIMA David (BRA)

 

PROGRAMME:

  • Sunday 31/10: Individual Competition: Women -70kg, -78kg and +78kg / Men -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg (Preliminary rounds: 10:00 am and Final block: 16:00)
  • Monday 1/11: Military Para-Judo Event
  • Tuesday 2/11: Team Competition
  • Wednesday 3/11: Closing Ceremony
  • Thursday 4/11: Delegation departure

 

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The 40th WMC Judo will also be livebroadcasted on the Youtube Channel of the event!

 

LIVEBROADCASTING PROGRAMME:

 

Morning Schedule

 

 

Download the Press Kit of the event here!

 

(Source :  IJF & CISM Media & Communication Department)

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