News

The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com

Iranian World Champion Mollaei in tough pool in Guangzhou

14 Dec 2018 10:20

   Mongolian JudoHeroes
20181215_mjh_81_saeid_mollaei

At the IJF World Masters in Guangzhou, world number one Mollaei has made the 2018 season his own with a sensational year that has made him a household name in the sport and a hero in Iran.

In his category U81kg, Mollaei proved to show creative and strong innovative judo, but his style also has certain risks. Mollaei failed to medal at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and The Hague Grand Prix, where he lost in the first round. As World Ranking leader and World Champion, there’s a lot at stake and there are enough rivals who want to take over the crown.

Mollaei missed the podium at the season-opening Tunis Grand Prix in January before winning the Düsseldorf Grand Slam a month later. The Iranian ace took bronze at the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam but finished short of a medal finish at the Antalya Grand Prix. The highly-active U81kg judoka took silver at the Asian Games before his sublime world title win. Mollaei finished fifth at the Masters last year and should offer a stronger title challenger in 2018 as the reigning world champion.    

Mollaei will have to face Takeshi Sasaki in the first round, the winner of the Grand Slam Osaka, but the lead on World number two De Wit is too big to swop the number one position.

Dutchman Frank de Wit who won bronze at the Masters last year in St. Petersburg is one of them, but so far Mollaei was too powerful for him. De Wit is opposed to Eduardo Santos (BRA) and in one pool with the surprising Turkish Vedat Albayrak, aka Roman Moustopoulos won bronze at the 2016 Masters in Guadalajara (MEX). He stepped over successfully from Greece to Turkey and surprised with a world bronze medal.

Last year’s winner of the Masters Khasan Khalmurzaev will face Ivaylo Ivanov who won the Grand Prix in The Hague and seems to be back at his old level. But the Olympic Champion is still a big leap for the Bulgarian.

Belgian Matthias Casse will face Sagi Muki of Israel who caught the talented Belgian fighter twice this year. Muki never fought Mollaei nor Sasaki.

Related judoka and events

Related Judo Photos

  • Vedat Albayrak (TUR) - IJF World Masters Guangzhou (2018, CHN) - © Mongolian JudoHeroes
  • Frank De Wit (NED) - IJF World Masters Guangzhou (2018, CHN) - © Mongolian JudoHeroes
  • Sagi Muki (ISR) - World Championships Baku (2018, AZE) - © Mongolian JudoHeroes

Related Judo Videos

Related Judo News

20171118_thehaguegp_hve_prelims_joao_martinho_por_241a5824

Portuguese judo celebrates best year ever

16 Nov 2019 18:30

Sporting Clube de Portugal were crowned double European Judo Champion after beating Yawara-Newa in the men's Champions League final 3-2. In Odivelas best clubs of Europe were gathered for the annual Champions League for clubs, which featured the 8 Best Men's and Women's Teams in Europe. Read more

20180923_wc_baku_sellner_de_wit_frank_ned_del_orbe_cortorreal_medickson_dom_2

Frank de Wit finally beats his bogeyman Del Orbe

25 Oct 2019 17:55

Frank De Wit (NED) vs Medickson Del Orbe Cortorreal (DOM) – Dutchman finally beats his bogeyman! Former Paris Grand Slam winner de Wit had been tormented by Del Orbe Cortorreal twice on the IJF circuit before finally gaining his revenge at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in October. Read more

20190223_dusseldorf_hve_day2_241a5526_matthias_casse

Without Muki the category U81kg is open for predators

21 Jun 2019 08:05

Without Israelian star Sagi Muki the European Championships title U81kg is open for anyone. Muki is the biggest prospect for World gold in Tokyo for Israel. In their successful team Muki continues to grow towards the absolute highest level U81kg. However the Israelians chose not go to the European Games and have selected the Grand Prix in Budapest which is the first European event for 100% qualification points. The European Games will only deliver 700 points for the winner but deducted with 50% next year. Read more

20190330_tbilisi_ijf_gs_final_81_de_wit_frank_cavelius_timo

Frank de Wit rediscovers the taste of gold

30 Mar 2019 17:10

Former World number one Frank De Wit of the Netherlands won his country’s second gold medal of the day with a professional performance against number 108 Timo Cavelius (GER). De Wit went for broke in early exchanges before settling down and establishing his dominance as first-time IJF finalist Cavelius struggled to threaten the Dutch star. Read more

20181216_ijf_final_81_podium

Takeshi Sasaki wins his second IJF gold in a month

16 Dec 2018 11:30

Japanese middleweight Sasaki Takeshi defeated European Championships bronze medallist Aslan Lappinagov (RUS) to record the highest profile win of his career. The world number 13 defeated the world number seven as the Russian had to settle for silver for the second year in a row at the Masters. Read more

Judo birthday

Result City Date
1Qingdao2019
2Osaka2019
3Brasilia2019
1Tokyo2019
1Montreal2019
Result City Date
3Qingdao2019
1Osaka2019
2Chiba2019
5Budapest2019
3Fukuoka2019

Partners

First description Second description Third description Four description