JUDO Preview: Eight no. 1-ranked judoka in Dusseldorf Grand Slam

A huge field of 683 judoka from 97 countries is assembled in Dusseldorf (GER) for the Grand Slam at the 6,500-seat ISS Dome, starting on Friday. Four no. 1-ranked men and women are entered and there are two potential no. 1 vs. no. 2 clashes. The top seeds:

Men:

-60 kg:
1. Robert Mshvidobadze (RUS: 1)
2. Ryuju Nagayama (JPN: 4)
3. Francisco Garrigos (ESP: 8)

-66 kg:
1. Vazha Margvelashvili (GEO: 1)
2. Joshiro Maruyama (JPN: 4)
3. Tal Flicker (ISR: 5)

-73 kg:
1. Lasha Shavdatuashvili (GEO: 2)
2. Rustam Orujov (AZE: 4)
3. Tommy Macias (SWE: 5)

-81 kg:
1. Frank de Wit (NED: 2)
2. Dominic Ressel (GER: 6)
3. Aslan Lappinagov (RUS: 8)

-90 kg:
1. Nikoloz Sherazadishvili (ESP: 1)
2. Aleksandar Kukolj (SRB: 3)
3. Ivan Felipe Silva Morales (CUB: 4)

-100 kg:
1. Varlam Liparteliani (GEO: 1)
2. Guham Cho (KOR: 3)
3. Michael Korrel (NED: 5)

+100 kg:
1. Duurenbayar Ulziibayar (MGL: 4)
2. Sungmin Kim (KOR: 5)
3. Rafael Silva (BRA: 7)

Women:

-48 kg:
1. Funa Tonaki (JPN: 3)
2. Milica Nikolic (SRB: 8)
3. Otgonsetseg Galbadrakh (KAZ: 3)

-52 kg:
1. Amandine Buchard Nordmeyer (FRA: 1)
2. Evelyne Tschopp (SUI: 8)
3. Gili Cohen (ISR: 10)

-57 kg:
1. Tsukasa Yoshida (JPN: 1)
2. Sumiya Dorjsuren (MGL: 3)
3. Nekoda Smythe-Davis (GBR: 4)

-63 kg:
1. Clarisse Agbegnenou (FRA: 1)
2. Tina Trstenjak (SLO: 2)
3. Andreja Leski (SLO: 4)

-70 kg:
1. Marie Eve Gahie (CRA: 2)
2. Sanne van Dijke (NED: 4)
3. Anna Bernholm (SWE: 7)

-78 kg:
1. Guusje Steenhuis (NED: 2)
2. Madeleine Malonga (FRA: 3)
3. Natalie Powell (GBR: 5)

+78 kg:
1. Idalys Ortiz (CUB: 1)
2. Larisa Ceric (BIH: 2)
3. Sarah Asahina (JPN: 3)

The women’s 63 kg class has France’s Agbegnenou, a three-time World Champion and no. 1-ranked and second-ranked Trstenjak (SLO), the 2016 Olympic gold medalist. Even deeper is the +78 kg division, with no. 1-ranked Ortiz (CUB: 2012 Olympic gold medalist), Ceric of Bosnia-Herzegovina (no. 2: 2018 Worlds bronze medalist) and 2018 World Champion and third-ranked Asahina (JPN).

Prize money is $5,000-3,000-1,500 for the top three places. Look for results here.

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