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Teddy Riner and Tina Trstenjak on top of 2015 Prestige Ranking

6 Dec 2015 17:50

   IJF Media Team / International Judo Federation
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World Champions Teddy Riner of France and Tina Trstenjak of Slovenia will likely be announced as the winners soon of the IJF Prestige World Ranking List. Both lead their World Rankings with most points over all weight categories and will become the inaugural male and female end-of-year winners.

The IJF Prestige World Ranking List was introduced by IJF President Mr. Marius Vizer last year and the first edition was won by Majlinda Kelmendi (KOS) and Avtandili Tchrikishvili (GEO).

Trstenjak not only became World Champion in 2015 but also won the Grand Slam in Paris in October, and in the first five months she won the Grand Prix in Tbilisi, Zagreb and Budapest.

Teddy Riner is undefeated since 2010 and came back from an injury this year. Despite that excuse he won everything where he competed: IJF Masters in Rabat, his 8th World title and recently the Grand Prix of Qingdao and Jeju. In November he was able to show his face to the French fans at the national championships.

There is one definitive ranking list for men and one for women which includes all weight categories. The judoka who has earned the most ranking points in the year, to top the IJF World Prestige Ranking List, were last year rewarded for their outstanding achievements with $50,000 in prize money each.

Also Ilias Iliadis and Teddy Riner were awarded as special personally awards with an amount of $40,000 last year. 

Urantsetseg Munkbat (MGL U48kg) was also ranked first last year as well as Kim Polling (NED), Avtandili Tchrikishvili (GEO) and Teddy Riner (FRA).

Japanese Naohisa Takato jumped to the first place U60kg this weekend due to his win in Tokyo.

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