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IJF News - 8 August, 2016

Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil




The Rio 2016 Olympic Games delivered a day full of emotion and exhilarating judo as judo was the world’s leading trend on Twitter which was fuelled by the Olympic gold medal victory of Rio de Janeiro’s own Rafaela SILVA (BRA).


SILVA, who was her country’s first female world judo champion in 2013, earned Brazil’s first gold medal from any sport at their home Olympics with a herculean effort which had the crowd, the nation and indeed the world in euphoria.


Pan America Championships bronze medallist SILVA, 24, hails from the city’s Cidade de Deus favela and found her way into the sport through the Instituto Reação academy in Rocinha which was opened by Olympic bronze medallist Flavio CANTO (BRA) in 2000 as a centre for disadvantaged children to have access to academic studies and sport.


The inspirational story of SILVA was the subject of a special IJF film as the #JudoForTheWorld series visited Rio de Janeiro to share her road to the greatness and show how judo is truly #MoreThanASport.



Click here to watch the IJF #JudoForTheWorld video: Brazil 


World champion ONO Shohei (JPN), a protégé of 1984 Olympic champion HOSOKAWA Shinji, produced one of the most electrifying displays at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games so far as he won four of his five contests by ippon to delight the Japanese fans who turned out in their droves to witness the first judo gold medal for Japan at the Carioca Arena 2.


It was no surprise with such compelling stories, such inspirational characters and exceptional judo, along with the IJF’s early adoption and focus on social media, that judo was the number one trend in the world on Twitter for the second time in three days.


Judo was again the number one hit in the world as a global audience tuned in to see Brazil and Japan win their first gold medals on the tatami at Rio 2016.


#Judo was the number one trend in the world on Twitter for the second time in three days


Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, said: “It was another great day for judo at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. I want to congratulate all the medallists and all the athletes who took part today.  I hope and I am confident that in the upcoming days we will again have beautiful judo and that our values will be respected. Today we have really seen amazing judo.”



14 countries have won a medal so far and six different countries have won gold at #JudoRio2016


Judo - More Than A Sport


It is usual to say that the days go by and look alike or do not look alike. It depends of the situation. But here in Rio de Janeiro both assertions are true. Every day since Saturday there are surprises, small defeats and great victories, there are delegations which have the success on their side while others are experiencing the worst difficulties to enter the medal equation. We saw a first day offering the Olympic crown to the experienced PARETO who had already won a bronze medal in 2008 and in 2016 she outperformed all of her rivals.


On the same day, MUDRANOV, in the men’s category, took the leadership and kept the title in Russia. Then it was the turn of Majlinda KELMENDI, awaited by a whole nation for a first Olympic medal, and it was gold. During that second memorable day, the freshness of the Italian BASILE was delightful to watch while he was scoring ippons to the delight of thousands of spectators.


Today an entire nation was finally waiting for an air of Brazilian Samba which came to life within the walls of the Carioca Arena 2, whereas until now the host country had not managed to climb onto the podium. Rafaela SILVA, supported as ever by a carioca chorus, did not miss the opportunity to make history, having already won here in Rio, as the first female world judo champion in Brazilian history. Last but not least, in -73kg, everyone expected ONO Shohei to excel and his spectacular and so natural-looking judo, gave Japan the gold medal that was lacking until now.


Judo is beautiful. It is spectacular and nothing is ever really written in advance. For proof, one had to be present in Rio, in front of their television or on the internet to experience the magic of the Games.


While the halfway point of the competition has not yet been reached, two new judo pages of history will be written on Tuesday as the women's -63kg and men's -81kg will be contested on the fourth competition day in Rio.



From L-R: Mr. Pal SCHMITT - Former President of Hungary, Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President and Mr. Carlos Arthur NUZMAN, Head of the Rio de Janeiro Organizing Committee, NOC President


Luminaries in attendance who witnessed history on day three at the Carioca Arena 2 included:


Mr. Francesco RICCI BITTI - ASOIF President

Mr. Pal SCHMITT - Former President of Hungary

Mr. Carlos Arthur NUZMAN, Head of the Rio de Janeiro Organizing Committee, NOC President

Mr. Jacques Rogge, former IOC President

Ms Anita L. DEFRANTZ, IOC Executive Board Member`



Mr. Marius VIZER, IJF President, alongside Mr. Francesco RICCI BITTI - ASOIF President 



-57kg: From a Rio favela to Olympic gold for Brazilian role model SILVA    

Former world champion Rafaela SILVA (BRA) hails from Rio's Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela and now lives 20 minutes away from the Carioca Arena 2. SILVA started judo in school as a means to channelling her energy into something positive and judo offered structure. Rafaela and her older sister Raquel moved on to Instituto Reação, a judo school for all ages and abilities. The Brazilian saw her teammates fall on the first two days and today in Alex POMBO SILVA (BRA) in the -73kg category, but with hope in her heart, talent in her hands and the stage of all stages at her feet, in her city, she was not going to be denied. 




SILVA, who has a tattoo which reads ‘So Deus sabe quanto eu sofri, e o que fiz pra chegar ate aqui’ [Only God knows how much I have suffered and what I have done to get here] on her right bicep next to a tattoo of the Olympic rings, brought her country and her mentors Flavio CANTO and Geraldo BERNARDES to tears in jubilation. SILVA faced double World Judo Masters winner DORJSUREN Sumiya (MGL) in the -57kg final and with the crowd on their feet throughout the contest, the carioca scored a waza-ari which was the only score in the gold medal contest as the Brazilian anthem was sung from all corners of the arena.



SILVA told the Olympic News Service: "I'm very happy about the result. I've been training a lot these last few years and the results are showing." On the support from Brazilian fans, the Rio 2016 hero said: “It really helped me with momentum and the pressure against my opponents. The stadium was shaking, everybody was screaming and cheering for me at every minute."



Hero of the day Rafaela SILVA (BRA) throws a signed belt and backpatch into the crowd 


In the first semi-final Olympic and world champion MATSUMOTO Kaori (JPN) was left to rue what could have been as DORJSUREN  threw the Japanese star for ippon after just 24 seconds. In the second semi-final London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Corina CAPRIORIU (ROU) fell to Rio de Janeiro’s own SILVA in golden score. A dramatic finish was guaranteed when the contest reached golden score where the first score or penalty decides the outcome. SILVA assured her country of their first judo medal at Rio 2016 by a waza-ari after having a first waza-ari score awarded and then cancelled by IJF referee commission.  


The first -57kg Olympic bronze medal contest of the day saw four-time world silver medallist Telma MONTEIRO (POR) defeat beaten semi-finalist CAPRIORIU. Portuguese hero MONTEIRO won her country’s second Olympic judo medal – after Nuno DELGADO won bronze at Sydney 2000 – by throwing her Romanian rival with a yuko from a sumi-gaeshi which was the only score the contest.   


In the second -57kg Olympic bronze medal fight MATSUMOTO faced a training partner and close friend in Asian Championships bronze medallist LIEN Chen-Ling (TPE). Japan’s only London 2012 Olympic gold medallist MATSUMOTO was the favourite in Rio but had to settle for bronze which was the fifth in three days for the hosts of the next Olympiad. A yuko in the favour of MATSUMOTO settled the contest after four minutes as LIEN – who had won their last meeting at the World Judo Masters in May - finished a highly-respectable fifth for Chinese Taipei delegation.  


SILVA, Rafaela (BRA) vs DORJSUREN, Sumiya (MGL)


Bronze Medal Fights
MATSUMOTO, Kaori (JPN) vs LIEN, Chen-Ling (TPE)


CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU) vs SILVA, Rafaela (BRA)



Final Results
1. SILVA, Rafaela (BRA)   
2. DORJSUREN, Sumiya (MGL)  
3. MONTEIRO, Telma (POR)  
3. MATSUMOTO, Kaori (JPN)  
5. CAPRIORIU, Corina (ROU)   
5. LIEN, Chen-Ling (TPE)  
7. PAVIA, Automne (FRA)  
7. KARAKAS, Hedvig (HUN) 


-73kg: ONO wins Japan’s first Olympic judo title at Rio 2016    

Two-time and reigning world champion ONO Shohei (JPN) became Japan’s first male Olympic judo champion since Beijing 2008 as he wowed the Rio crowd and sports fans the world over by defeating European champion Rustam ORUJOV (AZE) in the -73kg final. UCHISHIBA Masato and ISHII Satoshi were the last male Japanese judoka to win the Olympics in 2008 as their men’s team missed out on judo gold at the Olympics for the first time in London. ONO put that right today with a breathtaking performance which evoked memories of the success of his mentor HOSOKAWA Shinji (JPN) who rushed to congratulate his Tenri University student after the final and three-time Olympic champion NOMURA Tadahiro who congratulated the 24-year-old in the mixed zone. ORUJOV, who has always struggled against Japanese opponents, was Azerbaijan’s first Olympic finalist in judo since Elnur MAMMADLI won this category in 2008. The Azeri was still delighted with his silver medal and long may his rivalry with ONO continue to light up the sport. 

Japan’s newly-crowned Olympic champion ONO said: "I can't understand how I'm feeling right now. I'm very happy. I was focused going into the final and I wanted to be the champion and not in second place. But it is my best result so far."


In the first semi-final ONO defeated former world bronze medallist Dirk VAN TICHELT (BEL) by ippon with a yoko-tomoe-nage having registered a full house of scores with a yuko and a waza-ari initially giving him control of the contest. It was VAN TICHELT who produced a brilliant and surprise third round win over number one seed AN Changrim which crushed the young South Korean as he was inconsolable as he left the field of play.



ONO signs a backpatch before throwing it into the crowd


In the second semi-final ORUJOV defeated Paris Grand Slam bronze medallist Sagi MUKI (ISR) by a yuko and fought back the tears as he left the sight of the audience to enter the mixed zone as he held his belt aloft above his head and tried to control his emotions.  


The first -73kg Olympic bronze medal contest was won by London 2012 -66kg Olympic champion Lasha SHAVDATUASHVILI (GEO) who threw MUKI with a ko-soto-gake for ippon.  


The second -73kg Olympic bronze medal contest saw London 2012 -66kg Olympic silver medallist UNGVARI Miklos (HUN) face VAN TICHELT. UNGVARI, 35, who was willed on by his screaming brother and Hungarian national team member UNGVARI Attila in every contest, tapped out to a juji-gatame as Belgium got off the mark on the tatami at Rio 2016. 


ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE) vs ONO, Shohei (JPN)  


Bronze Medal Fights
VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL) vs UNGVARI, Miklos (HUN)  


MUKI, Sagi (ISR) vs ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)  
ONO, Shohei (JPN) vs VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL) 



Final Results
1. ONO, Shohei (JPN)    
2. ORUJOV, Rustam (AZE)   
3. VAN TICHELT, Dirk (BEL)  
5. MUKI, Sagi (ISR)   
5. UNGVARI, Miklos (HUN)     
7. IARTCEV, Denis (RUS)  
7. DELPOPOLO, Nicholas (USA)  



Tuesday - 9 August 

10:00 - 13:00 Preliminaries  
15:30 - 18:10 Final block   


Women: -63kg

Men: -81kg


Wednesday - 10 August 

10:00 - 13:00 Preliminaries  
15:30 - 18:10 Final block  


Women: -70kg

Men: -90kg


Thursday - 11 August 

10:00 - 13:00 Preliminaries  
15:30 - 18:10 Final block  


Women: -78kg

Men: -100kg


Friday - 12 August 

10:00 - 13:00 Preliminaries  
15:30 - 18:10 Final block  


Women: +78kg

Men: +100kg


Location: Carioca Arena 2 

IJF Media & Communications Department

Mark Pickering, IJF Media Manager 

Nicolas Messner, IJF Media Director


Photos ©  IJF Media by G. Sabau, Tamas Zahonyi, Jack Willingham




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