Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Jorge Fonseca stars for Portugal with first ever world title
30 Aug 2019 17:25
Portugal finally has a world champion. So often they were so close in the finals with Telma Monteiro four times, Barbara Timo on Thursday but finally Jorge Fonseca secured that beloved title. Another world title for Sporting Club de Lisbon where also Daria Bilodid is fighting.
Jorge Fonseca made a mockery of his previous record on the international circuit, having never won a gold medal in his 44 appearances in IJF competition, as he went all the way for Portugal. The feared Portuguese powerhouse was crowned his country’s first world judo champion after beating 2018 world bronze medallist Niyaz Ilyasov (RUS) in the U100kg final. A low seoi-nage was the difference as 2015 Junior World Championships winner Ilyasov came up just short while Fonseca went one better than his teammate Barbara Timo (POR) who took silver on Thursday.
The gold medallist, once seen as a nearly man on the IJF World Judo Tour, blew kisses to the crowd and danced his way to the edge of the tatami before a deep and extended bow to show his usual high level of respect to his opponent, the competition and the sport.
In the first semi-final defending champion Cho Guham (KOR) fell to Ilyasov after a mammoth battle that required six minutes of additional time. Cho had come out on top before in such situations and had to be favoured when going deep into golden score but made a telling mistake as he went out of the area to avoid his opponent and was penalised with his third and final shido to concede his red backpatch.
In the second semi-final Fonseca dropped under Olympic silver medallist Elmar Gasimov (AZE) to throw for a waza-ari score in the closing seconds. Fonseca, Portugal’s second finalist in as many days, was overwhelmed with his victory as he guaranteed his first medal on the World Championships stage. The Portuguese thanked the referee and kissed his opponent twice on the forehead having already secured the best result of his career.
In the first bronze medal contest world number four Michael Korrel (NED) consigned Cho to fifth-place as the 2018 winner failed to reach the medal podium this year. Korrel, who was no doubt inspired by the sensational golden day his teammate Noel Van ‘t End (NED) enjoyed on Thursday, produced a waza-ari score which was the only time the scoreboard was breached as the Dutchman outworked his rival to capture his first medal at the World Championships to nudge his country further up the medal table.
In the second bronze medal contest Gasimov could not take his red-hot form from the preliminaries into the final block. Gasimov lost out to 2017 world champion Wolf Aaron (JPN) who famously won the coveted All Japan Openweight Championships in this building in April. By missing out on gold Wolf has left the door open for former world champion Haga Ryunosuke (JPN) and youngster Iida Kentaro who may be ready in time for Tokyo 2020. Wolf salvaged a spot on the podium with 33 seconds remaining as he countered a desperate lunging attempt from the Azeri for the smallest score possible to swell Japan’s vast medal tally.
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
Asian-Pacific Championships silver medallist Mukhammadkarim Khurramov (UZB) doubled his country’s golden medal haul on day three after a fine win over Olympic silver medallist Elmar Gasimov (AZE). First-time Grand Slam finalist Khurramov took the final to veteran Gasimov who turned out of several attacks from the Uzbek who pushed the pace, under the instructions of Iliadis, until the Azeri was given his third shido for passivity. Read more
The career of Arman Adamian goes fast but the competition to qualify for the Olympic Games is big Russia. Adamian captured the European Games title in a final against the experienced Varlam Liparteliani who won eight medals at European Championships including three titles, but also the man with four lost finals and Ekaterinburg winner Adamian knew who he was fighting but smelled ahis chances. Read more
Irish judo is stronger than ever. Remarkable the Fletcher family consisting of Megan (women’s U70kg) and Ben fighting in the U100kg division switched to their country 18 months ago and since then had a revival. Starting with Ben Fletcher as one of the names for a European Games medal in Minsk is simply well deserved success. Read more
Tel Aviv Grand Prix winner Alexandre Iddir of France this defeated Tbilisi Grand Prix silver medallist Rafael Buzacarini (BRA) to win his country’s first gold medal at the Grand Prix in Antalya. World number 22 Iddir pulled away from his Brazilian adversary in golden score as Buzacarini had to attack with two shidos to his name and he got caught with a ko-uchi-gari for ippon. Read more
Being the current Olympic Silver medallist and top seeded competitor, it was not a surprise to find Elmar Gasimov (AZE) in the final of the Grand Prix in Tashkent U100kg. But as we announced in the preview of the category, this could be the day of Alexandre Iddir, as the Frenchman went through the preliminary rounds with a very solid and spectacular judo. Read more
Junior Degen (NED)