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IBSA Judo Worlds: Koreans sizzle on Odivelas mats

By : APC Media
Date : November 19, 2018

South Korean judokas continued their brilliant run of form to sizzle on the mat at the 2018 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Judo World Championships in Odivelas, Portugal that concluded on Sunday (18 November).

Having finished on top of the medals table in judo competitions at the Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games, the Koreans were unstoppable in Odivelas 2018 as well, claiming seven medals that included three individual golds to take the top spot. Ukraine finished second with two golds and one silver, ahead of Azerbaijan who secured one gold, two silver and three bronze for the third place.

A record number of participations, a total of 268 judokas from 43 countries, made news even before the Worlds had started and several new faces stood on top of the podium on the very first day of the competitions.

Among the promising newcomers was South Korea’s Soohee Choi who became the women’s -48kg world champion after her impressive preliminary round performances. The 25-year-old toppled China’s world and Paralympic champion Li Liqing and France’s -52kg Paralympic gold medallist Sandrine Martinet en-route to the final, where she overcame Azerbaijan’s Shahana Hajiyeva, scoring an Ippon.

The victory adds to her Asian Para Games title from Jakarta, Indonesia, in October, where she had beaten Li on her way to gold.

I feel like I am flying high in the sky,

an elated Choi was quoted as saying to IBSA.

The coaches taught me and I followed, that’s why I got a result.

However, South Korea’s Seungjun Yang went down to Uzbekistan’s Feruz Sayidov, who claimed his first world title winning the men’s up to 73kg final.

Day 2 of the competitions belonged to South Koreans Song Lee Jin and Jung Min Lee, who made a golden Worlds debut, picked up two out of seven golds on offer. Lee overcame Azerbaijan’s Huseyn Rahimli to lift the men’s -81kg title, despite carrying a knee injury.

I have a serious knee injury but after I recovered, and with this being my first major tournament and winning a gold medal I am so happy,

Lee said later.

South Korea picked up their second gold in the day through Jin who shocked Ukraine’s defending world champion Irinya Husieva in the women’s -63kg final.

The final day of competition was no different as the Koreans claimed both the men’s and women’s team gold on offer. The women’s side, led by -63kg world champion Song Lin Jin, trumped China 2-1 to take the title, before the men’s team comprising Lee and Woohyeok Song, the +100kg silver medallist, pulled off a 3-2 victory over Ukraine.

Paralympic champions disappointed

Among other Asian stars, Azerbaijan’s Bayram Mustafayev retained his title in the men’s -66kg following a close tie with Algeria’s Sid Ali Lamri, while Iran’s Asian Championships bronze medallist Mohammedreza Kheirollahzadeh had a memorable World Championships debut claiming the men’s heavyweight title.

I’m winning this for my nation and my people and with the help of God I was able to win,

said Kheirollahzadeh after defeating South Korea’s Song to add to his Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games silver medal.

There were disappointments too, with Paralympic champion Sherzod Namozov of Uzbekistan settling for the bronze medal in men’s -60kg event. Namozov was beaten by eventual silver medallist Algeria’s Ishak Ouldkouider before he overcame China’s Xu Zhao to make the podium.

Another Paralympic champion from Uzbekistan Urtkirjon Nigmatov occupied the third place in men’s -66kg, alongside Georgia’s Giorgi Gamjashvili. Azerbaijan’s Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympic champion Ilham Zakiyev, meanwhile, showed he still has podium potential, taking the +100kg bronze.

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Pictures credit: IBSA