Edition No. 24. Autumn, 2000. Today is
 
Sydney Olympic Games2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia
IJF MEDIA TEAM PREDICTIONS


By: Barnaby Chesterman



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

The draw for each category can be accessed from the PDF files below. Each file can be opened using Abode Acrobat Reader.

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MEN

60Kg

66Kg 73Kg 81Kg 90Kg 100Kg +100Kg
WOMEN 48Kg 52Kg 57Kg 63Kg 70Kg 78Kg +78Kg


WOMEN MEN
-48kgs : Ryoko Tamura (Japan) Having lost the last two Olympic finals, this is surely the time for Tamura to finally land that elusive title.

-52kgs : Legna Verdecia (Cuba)
She's just completed an excellent season in the European A tournaments and many feel she was robbed in last year's World Championship final.

-57kgs : Cheryle Peel (Great Britain)
Since stepping down from -63kgs, she's won four out of four European A tournaments and no fighter has yet got close to her.

-63kgs : Sung Sook Jung (Korea)
Convincing victories in the Tournoi de Paris and the Asian Championships against her principal rivals has installed Jung as a firm favourite.

-70kgs : Sibelis Veranes (Cuba)
Her rugged and combative style makes her very difficult to beat and like the other Cubans this season, she has dominated her weight category.

-78kgs : Noriko Anno (Japan)
Although a seasoned competitor, with the absence of Yufeng Yin of China, Anno's throwing abilities are unrivalled in the division.

+78kgs : Hua Yuan (China)
Few other heavyweights can match the explosive throwing capability of Yuan who has edged out two former Olympic champions from her own country to be here.

-60kgs : Tadahiro Nomura (Japan) The Japanese can boast most of the best :60kgs fighters in the World and Nomura will be keen to make up for being dropped from the 1999 World Championships.

-66kgs : Yordanis Arencibia (Cuba) His brilliant and dynamic victory at the Tournoi de Paris in February demonstrated his the ability needed to go all the way in Sydney.

-73kgs : Vitali Makarov (Russia) The silver medallist from last year's World Championships has looked classy all season, despite a surprising defeat in the European Championship final.

-81kgs : In Chul Cho (Korea)
The word from inside the Korean camp is that the 1997 World Champion is on fire and is being tipped as their most likely gold medallist.

-90kgs : Adrian Croitoru (Romania)
Having finally broken his gold medal duck at the European Championships this year, the masterful Croitoru should continue to go from strength to strength.

-100kgs : Kosei Inoue (Japan) There aren't enough words of praise to describe this man and already most of his opponents are conceding they are fighting for silver.

+100kgs : Shinichi Shinohara (Japan)
With David Douillet only just back from injury, Shinohara is likely to continue the dominant form he demonstrated in Birmingham last year.

BC

Select a competition day below to read reviews »

Day 1
-48kg
-60kg

Day 2
-52kg
-66kg
Day 3
-57kg
-73kg
Day 4
-63kg
-81kg
Day 5
-70kg
-90kg
Day 6
-78kg
-100kg
Day 7
+78kg
+100kg


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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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