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EJU Newsletter The Journal of the European Judo Union
WINTER, 2000
It is with great pleasure that we have included the latest copy of the European Judo Newsletter. The Newsletter can be downloaded from twoj.org as a .pdf file which can be opened using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you have any news that you would like to include in the next issue I would be grateful if you could forward it to me at: ejunews@twoj.org. Hope you enjoy it!

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2000 Junior Worlds 2000 Pan American Judo Championships
Orlando, USA: Nov. 10-12
The 2000 Pan American Judo Championships were held just outside of Orlando, Florida in the town of Kissimme, home to the world famous Walt Disney World and Universal Studios theme parks. There were only 128 competitors representing 18 countries this year, making the event somewhat smaller than usual. However, this was due in part to the fact that the championships came some two months after the Sydney Olympics. Noticeably absent was Pan American powerhouse Cuba, who did not send a team due to visa problems. Brazil also failed to send a men's team - in fact, only one male and three female Brazilians took part. This left much of the field wide open and paved the way for a number of players to take medals that might not have otherwise...

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2000 Junior Worlds 2000 HYUNDAI Junior World Championships
Nabeul, Tunisia: Oct. 26-29
With a record of 65 countries and 435 competitors, the 2000 Hyundai Junior World Judo Championships opened today under beautiful sunny skies in Nabeul, Tunisia. An enthusiastic crowd turned out to cheer on their hometown favourites and almost received a medal for all their efforts as Anis Chedly of Tunisia entered the semi finals of the +100kg category after a strong showing in the preliminaries held earlier in the day...

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Kodokan The Kodokan is Open to Anybody
Tokyo, Japan
The Kodokan, the mecca for all Judo players, the centre for the training of the world's elite and national teams. That's as may be, but I discovered in the process of filming the video, Koga A New Wind, in the special dojo at the Kodokan, is that these facilities are in fact there for everybody who is interested in Judo and the cost of staying and training at the Kodokan can be achieved without breaking the bank!


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Nippon Budokan All Japan University Championships
Nippon Budokan: Tokyo, Japan
On a recent business trip to Tokyo I arrived at my hotel at 11am, tired, and suffering from jet lag. Rather than go to bed, and trying to adjust to the 8-hour time difference, I went for a walk. The hotel Grand Palace where I was staying, was situated five minutes walk from the Emperors Palace Gardens. Walking through the gardens I came across a huge building which I found out later was the famous Budokan Hall...


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Trevor Leggett Trevor Pryce Leggett
1914-2000
It is with the greatest sadness we announce the death of Trevor Leggett. He died in the early hours of Wednesday 2nd August in his eighty-fifth year. TP as he was affectionately known was one of the great figures of the Budokwai. He joined the club in 1932 at the age of eighteen and studied under Yukio Tani who was very famous around the beginning of the century for taking on all comers in public matches...


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Sydney 2000: Day 7 Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
DAY 7: WOMEN +78KG, MEN +100KG
The final day of competition at the 2000 Sydney Olympic tournament sparkled with the perfect send off for a great champion, but also produced the greatest controvers yet. David Douillet of France broke the great Yasuhiro Yamashita's record for international tournament victories by retaining his Olympic title to add to his four World titles...

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Sydney 2000: Day 6 Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
DAY 6: WOMEN -78KG, MEN -100KG
There was never any doubt from the moment he stepped off the mat, 18 seconds after his first contest had begun, that Kosei Inoue of Japan would dominate the limelight on the penultimate day of the 2000 Sydney Judo competition...


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Sydney 2000: Day 5 Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
DAY 5: WOMEN -70KG, MEN -90KG
The fifth day of the Olympic Judo tournament in Sydney proved to be particularly special for two reasons. World champion, Sibelis Veranes of Cuba claimed the ultimate title to underline her authority in the women's -70kgs category, while Mark Huizinga of the Netherlands won his country's first Olympic gold since Willem Ruska completed a double in the 1972 Games in Munich...

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Sydney 2000: Day 4 Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
DAY 4: WOMEN -63KG, MEN -81KG
Severine Vandenhende of France and Makoto Takimoto of Japan grabbed the spoils on the fourth day of the 2000 Olympic Judo tournament in Sydney. Vandenhende completed a remarkable turnaround after two disappointing seasons since her World title on home soil in 1997. The French woman edged out Shufeng Li of China on penalties in the final to add the Olympic title at the end of a successful season that included silver medals at both the prestigious Tournoi de Paris and the European championships...

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Sydney 2000: Day 3 Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
DAY 3: WOMEN -57KG, MEN -73KG
Giuseppe Maddaloni of Italy and Isabel Fernandez of Spain took home the spoils on an incredible day at the Olympic Judo tournament in Sydney. Maddaloni triumphed in the men's -73kgs category after a string of sensational upsets resulted in a very unfamiliar looking medal rostrum. Meanwhile Fernandez beat her old adversary, Driulis Gonzales of Cuba to avenge her defeat in the final of last year's World championships in Birmingham...

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Sydney 2000: Day 2 Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
DAY 2: WOMEN -52KG, MEN -66KG
Cuba's Legna Verdecia and Husein Ozkan of Turkey spectacularly avenged their defeats at last year's World championships in Birmingham with convincing victories over their former conquerors at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney...


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Sydney 2000: Day 1 Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
DAY 1: WOMEN -48KG, MEN -60KG
The darling of Japanese judo, Ryoko Tamura and the compatriot, Tadahiro Nomura secured a bantamweight double for the home of judo on the first day of the 27th Olympiad in Sydney. The stadium felt like a little Japan as Tamura's fans flooded almost every seat in the arena. She sent them into fits of ecstasy in the -48kgs final as she quickly disposed on her plucky Russian challenger, Lioubov Brouletova, in just 25 seconds with a swift Uchi-mata for Ippon...

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Sydney 2000 Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
THE DAY BEFORE
The spectacular fanfare of the Opening Ceremony was enjoyed throughout the city of Sydney with giant plasma screens set up to accommodate the interest of thousands of spectators who couldn't get a ticket to the stadium venue.

The festivities began earlier in the day from the unlikely setting of the top of the Sydney Opera House, when the Olympic torch made a spectacular and daring appearance...


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Sydney 2000 Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
IJF MEDIA TEAM OLYMPIC PREDICTIONS
With the Olympic Games Judo tournament about to start on Saturday 16th September, with the draw now available, official IJF and TWOJ journalist, Barnaby Chesterman sticks his neck out to predict the first 14 Judo champions of the new millennium...

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IJF Picture of the Month IJF Picture of the Month
JANUARY, 2001
The IJF Picture of the Month features the best in judo action from around the world, all phtographed by the official IJF photographer, Bob Willingham.

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2000 Olympic
Medal Standings
Country
1 2 3
Total
JPN
4
2
2
8
FRA
2
2
2
6
CUB
2
2
1
5
CHN
2
1
1
4
ITA
1
0
3
4
ESP
1
0
0
1
NED
1
0
0
1
TUR
1
0
0
1
KOR
0
2
3
5
BRA
0
2
0
2
RUS
0
1
2
3
CAN
0
1
0
1
GBR
0
1
0
1
BEL
0
0
2
2
EST
0
0
2
2
AUS
0
0
1
1
BLR
0
0
1
1
GEO
0
0
1
1
GER
0
0
1
1
KGZ
0
0
1
1
LAT
0
0
1
1
POR
0
0
1
1
PRK
0
0
1
1
ROM
0
0
1
1
UKR
0
0
1
1
Total
14
14
28
56

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2000 Sydney Olympics


MEN

-60kg

NOMURA Tadahiro (JPN)

-66kg
OZKAN Huseyin (TUR)

-73kg
MADDALONI Giuseppe (ITA)

-81kg
TAKIMOTO Makoto (JPN)

-90kg
HUIZINGA Mark (NED)

-100kg
INOUE Kosei (JPN)

+100kg
DOUILLET David (FRA)


WOMEN

-48kg
TAMURA Ryoko (JPN)

-52kg
VERDECIA Legna (CUB)

-57kg
FERNANDEZ Isabel (ESP)

-63kg
VANDENHENDE Severine (FRA)

-70kg
VERANES Sibelis (CUB)

-78kg
TANG Lin (CHN)

+78kg
YUAN Hua (CHN)

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